Cy Feuer

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b. 15 January 1911, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 May 2006, New York City, New York, USA. Taking up the trumpet, Feuer studied at the Juilliard School of Music before playing professionally. From…
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b. 15 January 1911, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 May 2006, New York City, New York, USA. Taking up the trumpet, Feuer studied at the Juilliard School of Music before playing professionally. From 1938 he was in Hollywood, where he wrote music for films made by Republic Pictures, rising to become the studio’s music department head. Towards the end of the 40s he became a producer of Broadway musicals, starting with Frank Loesser’s Where’s Charley? (1948), which he co-produced with Ernest H. Martin. In 1950 the same team presented Guys And Dolls, winning the first of their three shared Tony Awards. Through into the mid-60s Feuer and Martin produced a succession of shows, many of which were hugely successful on Broadway: Cole Porter’s Can-Can (1953), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (1954) and Porter’s Silk Stockings (1955), which Feuer also directed. In 1958, Feuer produced and directed Whoop-Up (1958), for which he, Martin and Dan Cushman wrote the book, which was based on the latter’s Stay Away, Joe. Music and lyrics were by Mark ‘Moose’ Charlap and Norman Gimbel and the reservation-set show included in its cast Ann Barry, Paul Ford, Susan Johnson and Sylvia Syms.

In the early 60s, Feuer and his partner produced Loesser’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1961) and Neil Simon’s Little Me (1962), for which Feuer was director and co-librettist. The former earned the duo two Tony Awards. Feuer also directed Skyscraper in 1965. The book for this show, which starred Julie Harris, was by Peter Stone and based on Elmer Rice’s Dream Girl. Words and music were by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, choreography by Michael Kidd. In 1966 came Walking Happy, which was adapted by Roger O. Hirson and Ketti Frings from Harold Brighouse’s play Hobson’s Choice. Feuer also directed and the songs were again provided by Cahn and Van Heusen. Feuer was producer of the film version of Cabaret (1972) and although less active on Broadway in the 70s, he and Martin produced The Act (1977) and I Remember Mama (1979), with music by Richard Rodgers, then nearing the end of his life, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Feuer and Martin were meanwhile deeply involved with light opera associations on the west coast. In 1989 Feuer was appointed President of the League of American Theatres. He received a Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2003.