A musical about the dark underbelly of Times Square in the 1980s may sound like a difficult elevator pitch for a Broadway musical, but Cy Coleman, David Newman and Ira Gasman's The Life defied many critics when it originally opened in New York twenty years ago. Hot off the success of the Tony Award-winning City of Angels, The Life reunited composer Cy Coleman with Australian director Michael Blakemore who collaborated on this edgy and difficult show that followed pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers and runaways in a powerful melodrama.
It's undeniable that Cy Coleman is Broadway's most versatile composer. With a career that spans four decades few can claim an unfamiliarity with his scores to shows such as Sweet Charity, City of Angels, On the Twentieth Century and Little Me. The Life, his final Broadway contribution is perhaps his trickiest in terms of overall tone and construction but like a rare jewel that eventually... Read more