The Life

The Life

Cy Coleman, David Newman, Ira Gasman

The Life

The Life

Cy Coleman, David Newman, Ira Gasman


A gritty, powerful, and vibrant look at street workers in Times Square, The Life is charged with emotionally revealing songs and realistically conflicted characters. Trapped in a location and situations most of us would avoid at all costs, Fleetwood, Memphis, Jojo, Sonja, Queen, Mary, and Lou struggle to survive and maybe, to get out. Cy Coleman's celebrated jazz and pop-inflected score includes "Use What You Got," "The Oldest Profession," "Easy Money," "My Body," "Greed" and "My Friend."

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  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language


  • Genre: Period
  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman (1929–2004) was born Seymour Kaufman in New York City to Eastern European Jewish parents, and was raised in the Bronx. A child prodigy, Coleman gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall and Carnegie Hall between the ages of six and nine. His educational backg ...

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David Newman

David Newman's theatre credits include the book for It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman, produced and directed by Hal Prince; book for The Life, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Ira Gasman (nominated for 12 Tony Awards); I Spend My Days in Longing, a compilation of t ...

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Ira Gasman


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