The life and times of George M. Cohan, the legendary showman once known as the man who owned Broadway, explodes onstage. Set against the colorful backdrop of Old Broadway, it’s the showbiz saga of the brash, colorful, cocky, charismatic, and uncompromising character who almost single-handedly invented the Broadway musical. This large-cast show is filled to the brim with production numbers, tap dancing galore, and Cohen's glorious music, including “Over There,” “Give my Regards to Broadway,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “Harrigan.” A definite must-see for all lovers of Broadway musicals, Yankee Doodle Dandy! presents a fresh, contemporary view of a celebrated musical theater icon.
Propelled by the kind of vintage hoofing that built Broadway. The songs are all showstoppers!
George M. Cohan– (25-40) a brash and charismatic master showman. Expert singer, dancer, actor. Must tap excellently, be experienced in ballroom partnering and have an arsenal of dance and acrobatic tricks. This character carries the show and rarely leaves the stage. Drive, determination and energetic stamina is a must.
Sam Harris– (25-38) a NY lower east side up and comer. George Cohan’s dynamic producing partner. Sam Harris shaped the business of American Theatre and is an original in a dynasty that led to George Abbott, Harold Prince and David Merrick. Does not dance or sing.
Old George– (60s or older) a cantankerous, brash and noisy older version of his younger self. Sings. Does not need to tap dance. Must have some knowledge of dance feel and very good rhythm.
Jerry Cohan– (50s) George’s father, a smooth song and dance man.
Nellie Cohan– (50s) George’s mother, warm and strong.
Josie Cohan– (20-early 30s) George’s sister, pretty and spunky. A natural foil for George. Known for her twirling skirt dance and in this show as good a dancer as Vera-Ellen. Splits and lifts required.
Ethel Levy- George’s first wife. A star in her own right. Great singer and comedienne. A savvy, wise cracking “gal” who could charm anyone with a wink, a joke and a great song. She was a natural comic in the Fanny Brice mode and a very good singer.
Georgette- The daughter of George and Ethel. She will try anything to be loved and her talent is an unmodulated mix of both of her parents’ talents—she can come off comical when she means to be sincere and masks her insecurity with the false bravado of the child of famous parents. Georgette is whacky, outrageous and big.
Old Lou- An ex dancer who now works as a stage doorman. A contemporary of Old George. Very minimal singing and dancing.
Ensemble (8 Men/8 Women)
All Excellent dancers and singers (except where noted):
Erlanger — One of the most successful producers of Vaudeville, a shark and a businessman.
Stage Manager— A comic version of a fussy detail man. Overwrought and over extended in a Paul Lynde sort of way. Sometimes played by the actor who plays Old Lou.
Young Lou- George’s longtime dance captain and understudy. Funny actor who is a good dancer.
The Champ– A big dumb lug who happens to be able to sing and dance. Must look good in his “skivvies,” per the script.
Chick Gordon– brash hipster who works in nightclubs and speakeasies. He is a conniving musician and “agent” who is attempting to cash in on Georgette’s name. He regards George as a comical relic from the past.
Agnes Nolan– Beautiful, talented young Irish girl with an eye for George.
Alice Nolan– Beautiful, talented young Irish girl with an eye for Sam.
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“A panorama of musical comedy images unfurls like a ‘Grand Old Flag’... it is clear that the visual language of American musical theatre is as powerful as its sounds and stories.”
—The New York Times
“The hits just keep on coming. And with the bright snazzy treatment they get, these cornball standards are pretty irresistible. Cohan tapped into something brash and brassy in the American spirit — and still does.” —The Seattle Times
“A solid and satisfying musical.” —The Southhampton Press
“There are gorgeous moments in Yankee Doodle... the final montage, a goose bump raising phantasmagoria of images that put us smack in the middle of Broadway and takes us from Cohan’s heyday right through today. It’s drippingly old fashioned and wondrously inventive.” —The Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Propelled by the kind of vintage hoofing that built Broadway. The songs are show stoppers!”—Variety
“It’s tuneful, it’s colorful — "Yankee Doodle" exhilarates!” —Dallas Morning News
Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
The required materials for Yankee Doodle Dandy include:
Production Scripts, Piano/Conductor Score, Vocal Scores
Acting Edition – Beautifully bound scripts available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!
Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.
Logo Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork, reviews and pull quotes, and reference photos.