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You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman

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He penned songs such as "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come" (signature tunes for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, respectively) and wrote such musicals as Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, and The Will Rogers Follies - yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. You Fascinate Me So takes readers into the world and work of Tony, Grammy, ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Applause Books
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Katie Lawrence
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A longer review will follow, but if you love musical theater you need to read this book. A fascinating look at a multi-talented man whose composing impacted music and the theater world greatly. I was also intrigued by the exploration of how a musical makes it to Broadway and how that process changed over time. Really well-written and full of great details too!
Russell J. Sanders
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I first became aware of Cy Coleman and his music when, as a teenaged devotee of Lucille Ball, I became fascinated by her Broadway musical debut in the show Wildcat. That score was written by Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, and as soon as the cast album was released, I had in it my collection and on constant play rotation. I bought it for Lucy, and I kept listening because I loved those songs so much. Over the next years, I was aware that Coleman was writing other Broadway shows, some I saw ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
The title, YOU FASCINATE ME SO The Life and Times of Cy Coleman, is accurate, but the emphasis is on the times and Broadway during that period. There is very little information about the man, what made and drove him., what he felt, what influenced him, and what he did outside the theater.
YOU FASCINATE ME SO is the first biography of Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner Cy Coleman. Coleman’s love of the piano began when he was four years old and, as he grew up, he understood and utilized the many way
Brian McCann
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love most Cy Coleman shows. The book doesn't give much insight into the man except that everyone liked him, his trunk was filled with songs, and he could compose on the spot. Chapters almost formulaic: reads like an extended research paper rather than a biography.
Kathleen Gray
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This one did not fascinate. Although some of it is very interesting (the details of putting on a Broadway show for example) much is also recitation of events. It did not get into his head or the feeling behind his songs.
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Andy Propst is a journalist and author living in Peachtree City, Georgia. His career has encompassed work with New York Shakespeare Festival founder Joseph Papp and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, as well as five years on-air at XM Satellite Radio's XM 28 On Broadway channel. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, Time Out/NY, Backstage, and The Sondheim Review, and online at ...more

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