Cy Feuer, the Broadway producer behind “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 95.
During a career on the Rialto that spanned more than 50 years, he produced (“Where’s Charley,” “Can-Can,” “The Boy Friend,” among others, with Ernest H. Martin) and directed (including “Little Me” and “I Remember Mama”).
From 1989-2003, he was president and then chairman of the national producers and presenters union, the League of American Theaters & Producers.
In his honor, the marquee lights on Broadway, and at many theaters across the country, will be dimmed tonight at 8 for one minute.
Born in Brooklyn, Feuer studied music at Juilliard and played the trumpet at venues including Radio City Music Hall. Also a composer, he was head of the music department at Republic Pictures in the 1930s and ’40s, serving as musical director and composer on hundreds of Westerns and other titles. After serving as a captain in the Air Force in WWII, he returned to New York in 1947 to begin his career as a producer.
He also produced films, including versions of tuners “Cabaret” in 1972 and “A Chorus Line” in 1985.
Feuer won three Tonys — one for “Guys and Dolls” (1950) and two for “How to Succeed” (1961) — and was given another for lifetime achievement in 2003. That year he wrote a memoir, “I Got the Show Right Here.”
He is survived by two sons, Bob and Jed, a composer.