Theatre Review: What You Don’t Know About Women – Singing The Cy Notes, Or What Women Want…To Sing




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What You Don’t Know About Women: The Music Of Cy Coleman / Starring Carly Graeme / Redhill School                      8


Carly Graeme is a fixture on the South African musical theatre scene, often starring as a lead or featured role in productions just left of the mainstream, including Boys In The Photograph and Starlight Express. Some of her major influences share that curious mix of influential and yet atypical, with composer, songwriter and pianist Cy Coleman – the focus of Graeme’s new one-woman show – being almost a definitive figure for that description.

Coleman worked with some of the most significant lyricists working in jazz, pop and musical theatre in the 1950s, many of them women (notably Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields and Betty Comden), who were almost never given the dues they deserved in that generally chauvinistic era and industry.

Graeme’s the sort of no-nonsense broad (indeed, she might slap me for saying…

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Bruce Dennill

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