This edition: Cy Coleman on "Little Me"
Original tape date: November 13, 1998.
Interviewed on the eve of the “Little Me” revival's Broadway opening, composer Cy Coleman recalls the original transformation in 1962 of Patrick Dennis' bestselling comic novel into the musical with book by Neil Simon and direction by Bob Fosse.
He remembers the show's brilliant original star Sid Caesar, who was grappling with a substance abuse problem at the time, and his volatile lyricist Carolyn Leigh with whom he created the show's hit tunes: "I've Got Your Number," "The Other Side of The Tracks," and "Real Live Girl."
Coleman also recalls how he came to write "Hey, Look Me Over" for superstar Lucille Ball in Wildcat, his first Broadway musical and comments on the current state of musicals on Broadway.
Cy Coleman Composer, “Little Me”