Theatre Legend Cy Coleman Passes Away at 75

By: Nov. 18, 2004
Cy Coleman, composer extraordinaire passed away on November 18, 2004 at the age of 75. He was honored earlier in the week, reciving the Johnny Mercer Foundation Award at the Rainbow Room. We present those below, as a celebration of his life.

Show's he composed include Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, Little Me, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, I Love My Wife, Wildcat, the Life, and others. For Cy's complete Broadway credits, click here.

"The Actors' Fund is saddened by the loss of the irreplaceable Cy Coleman. The Fund just honored Cy in Los Angeles and we were extremely proud to have the opportunity to show him just how much he was respected and loved by the entertainment community. We have been good friends for many years and I just can't believe he's gone."

Brian Stokes Mitchell - President, The Actors' Fund of America

We received the sad and unbelievable news this morning that Mr. Coleman passed away last night. Our hearts go out to his family, and we are very proud that The Actors Fund was able to celebrate his lifes work with him present. He was so thrilled with the concert and the cast that showed up to pay tribute to him, and most especially with the overwhelming response that you and the other members of our audience gave him that night.

David Michaels - Director of Special Events and Public Relations Western Region

On Monday night, November 15, 2004 Cy Coleman was honored by the Johnny Mercer Foundation with an awards presentation, and performance. The evening included a musical tribute featuring: Tony Bennett, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mittchell, Margaret Whiting, Glenn Close, and Kathie Lee Gifford with The Accentuate The Positive Kids.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of The Great American Song Book and sponsors "Accentuate the Positive", a program that teaches New York City public school teachers how to include the works of great American songwriters in their curricula; supports the Johnny Mercer/Sundance Institutes for young songwriters and actors and sponsors the work of young songwriters across the country.

For more information on the Johnny Mercer Foundation, visit

Recipient of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Award, Cy Coleman

Shelby and Cy Coleman

Ed Dixon and Cy Coleman

Tony Danza

Dan Foster and Liz Callaway

Tony Danza and Cy Coleman

Tony Danza, Cy Coleman and Glenn Close

Chita Rivera

Cy Coleman and Chita Rivera

Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford. Kathie Lee's upcoming musical "Under the Bridge" begins previews at the Zipper Theater on December 1st.

mary Rodgers Guettel and Phylis Newman

Brian Stokes Mitchell