Cy Coleman’s Life: Suddenly Seymour

Cy Coleman became a friend of mine during the last years of his life. We bonded, in part, because we both were middle-aged fathers of young children. And because we both had trained as classical pianists.  —- Steve Cohen

 

Cy Coleman was Broadway royalty, with more hit shows than any American songwriter living after 1980. The website of …

Adam Guettel Keeps Changing Chords

I became friendly with Adam Guettel and wrote this story in 1999. To my regret, he has produced only one theatrical musical since then. Here is a glance back, as I continue to yearn for new chords from his creative mind.  — Steve Cohen

Adam Guettel stood on the brink of a great career at the dawn of the 21…

The Academy of Music: unfairly maligned

 

Let’s set the record straight. Despite some misinformed recent slurs, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music was a showplace for fine orchestral sounds for more than a century.

In 2003 the Philadelphia Orchestra moved out and the Academy became a venue for touring musicals. Extensive renovations modernized one of the nation’s oldest concert halls, and a Broadway-style sound system was installed in …

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