You Fascinate Me So

The Life and Times of Cy Coleman

Series: Applause Books
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Andy Propst

Listen: Andy Propst talks with Playwright, Lyricist, and Director Erik Haagensen

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, and Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman, exploring his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s, his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s, and his life as one of Broadway's preeminent composers.

This first-time biography of Coleman has been written with the full cooperation of his estate, and it is filled with previously unknown details about his body of work. Additionally, interviews with colleagues and friends, including Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Ken Howard, Michele Lee, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, and Tommy Tune, provide insight into Coleman's personality and career.

$32.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122483
ISBN: 9781480355903
UPC: 884088952969
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
512 pages

Reviews

“Propst's You Fascinate Me So offers a detailed, step-by-step examination of Coleman's career, and you might say that Cy was indeed fascinating... Propst gives us a full, complete and satisfying account of Cy's shows, his performing career, and his music.” – The Huffington Post

“[Cy Coleman's] remarkable career is capably chronicled by Andy Propst in You Fascinate Me So, the first biography of Coleman. A strength of Mr. Propst's biography is the way he reveals the interconnection of performing, improvising and composing in Coleman's musical life. He had the technical command – 'the chops,' as musicians say – to be able to execute whatever he conceived. One moment he could echo the relaxed 'locked-hands' sound popularized by the jazz pianist George Shearing and the next dash off a passage rivaling the incandescent virtuosity of Art Tatum.” – The Wall Street Journal

Propst's 'You Fascinate Me So' offers a detailed, step-by-step examination of Coleman's career, and you might say that Cy was indeed fascinating... Propst gives us a full, complete and satisfying account of Cy's shows, his performing career, and his music.

The Huffington Post, July 31, 2015



[Cy Coleman's] remarkable career is capably chronicles by Andy Propst in “You Fascinate Me So,” the first biography of Coleman. A strength of Mr. Propst's biography is the way he reveals the interconnection of performing, improvising and composing in Coleman's musical life. He had the technical command –čthe “chops,” as musicians say –čto be able to execute whatever he conceived. One moment he could echo the relaxed “locked-hands” sound popularized by the jazz pianist George Shearing and the next dash off a passage rivaling the incandescent virtuosity of Art Tatum.

The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2015

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