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Cy Coleman, the Tony Award-winning Broadway composer died on Thursday, November 18th at age 75 of an apparent heart attack, according to friends.

The recipient of two Grammy awards, two Tony awards, three Emmy awards and multiple Tony and Oscar nominations, Cy Coleman began his career performing with the Cy Coleman Trio in Dear Barbarians. The following year, he provided music and lyrics for John Murray Anderson's Almanac, an original musical review that featured Harry Belafonte and Celia Lipton Farris in their Broadway debuts. America's favorite redhead Lucille Ball made her Broadway debut in Wildcat with music by Coleman. In 1966, Sweet Charity debuted to stunning success and led to lifelong relationships between Cy and his leading ladies, Gwen Verdon (1966) and Shirley MacLaine. Hit show after hit followed - I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, Little Me, Welcome to the Club, City of Angels, The Will Roger's Follies, The Life, Fosse and Barbara Cook's Broadway.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation just this week honored Mr. Coleman at its second annual gala on Monday, November 15th at the RAINBOW ROOM to honor the more than five decades that composer extraordinaire Cy Coleman brought musical magic to the worlds of theater, television and film.

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