Seymour Kaufman, the Cy Coleman

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A veteran Broadway composer, born in New York City, whose repertoire included classics celebrated by Frank Sinatra. He grew up in the Bronx and as a self-taught pianist whose career began at age six, when he became a boy prodigy (1935-1939) at recitals at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and Town Hall (1935-1939). For more than five decades, he wrote Broadway musicals, beginning with John Murray Anderson's Almanac (1953). He composed his first musical Wildcat (1960) with opera singer Carolyn Leigh.
The show had Lucille Ball singing the hit Hey Look Me Over. He also collaborated on Little Me (1962), starring Sid Caesar, adapted by Neil Simon from a Patrick Dennis novel, featuring songs such as I've Got Your Number and Real Live Girl. He met (1964) with Dorothy Fields and wrote a famous play with her and Neil Simon, the musical Sweet Charity (1966), the story of a dancer who dreams of true love, which was brought to the screen (1969) by director Bob Fosse, same director from Cabaret, and starring Shirley MacLaine as Charity Hope Valentine, John McMartin as Oscar Lindquist and Ricardo Montalban as Vittorio Vidal. It received 3 Oscar nominations and was shown in Brazil with the title Charity, meu amor.

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He also signed I Love My Wife (1977), On the Twentieth Century (1978), which earned him first Tony Award, The Will Rogers Follies (1991), and The Life (1997), among others. He composed classics immortalized by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole, such as Witchcraft, Big Spender, The Best is Yet to Come, Firefly and I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life. He died at the age of 75, after attending the premiere of Michael Frayn's performance Democracy. The composer told friends at the party after the show that he was not feeling well and then took a taxi to New York Hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest.

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