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The George M. Cohan Revue

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Chip Deffaa's musical show "The George M. Cohan Revue" (published by Samuel French Inc.) offers the biggest, brightest assortment of songs penned by the original "Yankee Doodle Dandy." This cast album boasts more than 50 timeless Cohan songs!
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1. The Man Who Owns Broadway
M. T. Wright
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2. Give My Regards to Broadway
Johnny Petersen
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3. Oh, Mr. Moon
H. Blankenship
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4. Where the Jack-O-Lanterns Grow
J. Jaffe
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5. Musical Moon
H. Blankenship
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6. The Belle of the Barbers' Ball
H. Blankenship
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7. The Barnum and Bailey Rag
H. Blankenship
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8. Nothing New Beneath the Sun
H. Blankenship
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9. Medley: My Musical Comedy Maiden / I'm Awfully Strong for You
H. Blankenship
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10. Medley: The Warmest Baby in the Bunch / My Babe from Boston Town / My Honey Babe / Telephone Me, Baby / I Guess I'll Have to Telegraph My Baby
H. Blankenship
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11. I Never Doubted You'd Be True
H. Blankenship
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12. She Is More to Be Pitied Than Censored
J. Jaffe
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13. The Empty Cradle
S. J. Sikes
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14. Why Did They Dig Ma's Grave so Deep?
H. Blankenship
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15. My Father Told Me
Johnny Petersen
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16. The Valiant Soldier
D. Warren
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17. The Valiant Fireman
S. J. Sikes
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18. A Song for Mother
S. J. Sikes
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19. I Want to Hear a Yankee Doodle Tune
Johnny Petersen
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20. All Aboard for Broadway
Johnny Petersen
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21. Horse Race
Johnny Petersen
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22. Hat's Off to You
Johnny Petersen
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23. Did Ya Ever Have One of Those Days?
Johnny Petersen
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24. The Yankee Doodle Boy
Johnny Petersen
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25. The Derby
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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26. Goodbye, Flo
Johnny Petersen
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27. Medley: I Want the World to Know I Love You / Hello Broadway
Johnny Petersen
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28. Medley: Entr'acte / The Little Millionaire
Johnny Petersen
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29. Drink With Me
Johnny Petersen
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30. They're All My Friends
Johnny Petersen
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31. Did Ya Ever Have One of Those Days (Reprise)
Johnny Petersen
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32. 45 Minutes from Broadway
D. Warren
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33. Medley: Nellie Kelly / Mary's a Grand Old Name / There's Only One Little Girl
M. T. Wright
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34. You're a Grand Old Flag
M. T. Wright
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35. You Can Tell That I'm Irish
S. J. Sikes
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36. The American Ragtime
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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37. Medley: Under Any Old Flag At All / All in the Wearing
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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38. Medley: I'm in Love With One of the Stars / I'm in Love With One of the Stars / Did Ya Ever Have One of Those Days?
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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39. All-American Sweetheart
Johnny Petersen
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40. Down By the Erie Canal
Johnny Petersen
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41. Dancing My Worries Away
Johnny Petersen
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42. I'm Mighty Glad I'm Living and That's All
Johnny Petersen
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43. Over There
Johnny Petersen
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44. I Won't Be an Actor No More
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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45. Medley: Hello Broadway! / Give My Regards to Broadway
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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46. All Aboard for Broadway (Finale)
The "George M. Cohan Revue" Ensemble
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the definitive celebration of the life and music of George M. Cohan (1878-1942). This biographical musical production (published and licensed by Samuel French Inc.) includes more than 50 rousing Cohan songs. You'll hear the timeless hits that everyone knows, plus many wonderful rarities and rediscoveries. The show, which received rave reviews in its New York debut, offers the biggest, brightest representation of Cohan's songwriting work to be found anywhere. And this irresistible song-driven musical--written, arranged, and originally directed in New York by ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa, the world's foremost authority on Cohan--mixes in fascinating facts about Cohan's family, upbringing, and career.

Cohan rose to the top of his field as a musical-theater star, songwriter, playwright, director, and producer. No one in the history of the theater ever did so many different things so well! He gave Broadway its pace and its beat. He was the father of the modern Broadway musical. And he remade the American songbook.

This cast album, offering more than 50 memorable songs in 65 minutes, is a glorious celebration of the roots of American show business. The brilliant Johnny Petersen and company serve up such spirit-lifting Cohan favorites as "All Aboard for Broadway," "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "The Barnum and Bailey Rag," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Mary's a Grand Old Name," "The American Ragtime," "Musical Moon," "45 Minutes from Broadway," "Nellie Kellie, I Love You," "Over There," "Goodbye Flo," and "You're a Grand Old Flag." Cohan was awarded a Congressional medal for his contributions to the American spirit.

Critics have cheered this unique show, written for a cast of 8-10 players (with a small chorus optional).

Liz Ahfors wrote in "Cabaret Scenes" magazine: "Conceived, written, and directed by Chip Deffaa, 'The George M. Cohan Revue' sparkles like Fourth of July fireworks."

David Noh wrote in The New York Blade: "Don't miss 'The George M. Cohan Revue.' It's an ebullient biographical account, miraculously achieved and conceived by hardcore Cohan enthusiast Chip Deffaa."

"Considered the foremost living authority on Cohan, Deffaa has culled from a lifetime of Cohan hits and lesser-known gems and miraculously crams them into this little production. " --Kerrie Smith, TheaterScene.net

"What a joy it is to hear the Cohan songs! This is the perfect vehicle for a small and talented cast of eight, so summer theaters and community groups take note--nostalgic but fresh, 'The George M. Cohan Revue' might be the perfect thing for your next season. Yes, we get to revel in 'Mary,' 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' and other familiar favorites. But we also get to meet the likes of 'Telephone Me Baby,' 'The American Ragtime' and 'Dancing My Worries Away.' Without exception, these songs still have genuine audience appeal.... Each one gets and keeps your attention, often calling forth a smile or a chuckle. And it is grand to feel the genuine tingle that 'Give My Regards to Broadway' and 'You're a Grand Old Flag' can set off..... 'The George M. Cohan Revue' is a musical lover's treat."
--John Kenrick, Musicals101.com

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Here's a Synopsis of “THE GEORGE M. COHAN REVUE"...


“The George M. Cohan Revue” celebrates Cohan’s legacy by telling his life story with a generous sampling of his music, in the breezy style of one of Cohan’s own shows. The score gathers more of Cohan’s music than has ever been in any one show before–not just the great hits that everyone knows, but rollicking ragtime rarities and glistening, little-known theatrical gems. The show requires a versatile, ebullient, and energetic cast of 8-10 players. And a triple-threat singer/actor/dancer to portray Cohan.

The show opens with the narrator and the ensemble singing “THE MAN WHO OWNS BROADWAY." Cohan offers his own immortal "GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY." The narrator explains to the audience that the company has gathered to celebrate Cohan, who insists the story must start with his parents; he learned all that really mattered from them. We see Cohan’s father, then his mother, performing as individuals before they decided to marry ("OH, MR. MOON"), “WHERE THE JACK-O-LANTERNS GROW"). They court, they wed; they have a daughter, Josie, and a son, George, whom they soon add to the act. We watch, through songs and banter, the development of the “Four Cohans” act ("MUSICAL MOON," "THE BELLE OF THE BARBER'S BALL"). Growing up, George sees his father being taken advantage of by slick vaudeville impresarios like B. F. Keith. He vows he won’t let such men walk all over his family. By age 15, he is running the family act, and trying push it in new directions; he feels show business is stagnating. ("NOTHING NEW BENEATH THE SUN") He writes new songs, which he and his sister introduce; Keith finds them too fresh for his tastes. (Medley: "MY MUSICAL COMEDY MAIDEN”/”I’M AWFULLY STRONG FOR YOU”). Keith stops booking the act for a few weeks; the suspension, rather than “teaching George a lesson,” as Keith had intended, only inspires him to push further in his new direction, creating rollicking songs filled with current slang–too audacious for Keith, though vaudeville audiences love them. (Medley of Cohan “baby” songs: "THE WARMEST BABY IN THE BUNCH"/"MY BABE FROM BOSTON TOWN"/”MY HONEY BABE"/"TELEPHONE ME, BABY”/"I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO TELEGRAPH MY BABY").

Cohan tells the audience that songwriters in the Victorian Era were locked into sentimental, moralizing formats–churning out synthetic songs about the dangers of life in the big city and fallen women, and offering maudlin ballads ("I NEVER DOUBTED YOU'D BE TRUE," "SHE IS MORE TO BE PITIED THAN CENSURED," "THE EMPTY CRADLE," “WHY DID THEY DIG MA'S GRAVE SO DEEP? "). Cohan vows to his father he will get the family out of vaudeville; they’ll be stars on Broadway. “Dream big,” his father advises him. George hopes he’ll make it. ( "MY FATHER TOLD ME" ).

He calls on a prominent song publisher, who claims to know the secrets to successful songs, having a member of his staff demonstrate hit songs they’ve created in honor of dying soldiers ("THE VALIANT SOLDIER") and dying firemen ("THE VALIANT FIREMAN"). Americans, the publisher adds, will fall for any song involving a mother, particularly if emphasizes what he calls the irresistible “ooh sound,” as in “I love youuuu,” “yes I doooo,” “honest and truuue” With the assistance of his office boy, Darren, an aspiring entertainer, the publisher demonstrates (“A SONG FOR MOTHER”). He notes Cohan is uneducated; he suggests the world’s most respected songwriters are European conservatory-trained. Cohan says that’s not for him. The young office boy, Darren, joins in as Cohan sings, caught up in his enthusiasm. ("I WANT TO HEAR A YANKEE DOODLE TUNE"). The song publisher throws Cohan--and the office boy--out! Cohan tells Darren to stick with him; he’s headed for the top (“ALL ABOARD FOR BROADWAY”).

Since none of the established producers or publishers will take a chance on him, Cohan (with a young partner he finds, Sam Harris) produces his first Broadway show, “Little Johnny Jones,” about an American jockey in England. The next eight songs are part of a “show within the show”–as we watch Cohan and Company present “Little Johnny Jones.” Cohan has clearly come into his powers. ("HORSE RACE," "HATS OFF TO YOU," "DID YA EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?," "THE YANKEE DOODLE BOY," “THE DERBY," “GOODBYE, FLO," Medley: "I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW I LOVE YOU"/"HELLO, BROADWAY!")

ACT TWO:

After the “ENTR’ACTE," the ensemble struts and sings exuberantly to “THE LITTLE MILLIONAIRE," acknowledging that Cohan has arrived. Cohan has his first hit Broadway show, and everyone is celebrating ("DRINK WITH ME." "THEY'RE ALL MY FRIENDS," “DID YA EVER HAVE...? [Reprise]”).

Cohan pens one successful Broadway show after another, in rapid succession. It feels as if he can do no wrong. He is prospering, his parents and sister are sharing in his success; even young Darren gets to rise from being a chorus boy in Cohan shows to featured work. And Cohan is rewriting the American songbook, with numbers like: "45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY," Medley: "NELLIE KELLY"/"MARY'S A GRAND OLD NAME"/"THERE'S ONLY ONE LITTLE GIRL," "YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG," "YOU CAN TELL THAT I'M IRISH," "THE AMERICAN RAGTIME," Medley: "UNDER ANY OLD FLAG AT ALL"/ "ALL IN THE WEARING."

He falls in love with Agnes Nolan, who auditions for one of his shows ("I'M IN LOVE WITH ONE OF THE STARS," DUET: "I'M IN LOVE WITH ONE OF THE STARS..." / "DID YA EVER HAVE...?"), and they wed ("ALL-AMERICAN SWEETHEART"). But his real marriage is to the theater, and he directs more of his energy to his actor pals than to life at home ( "DOWN BY THE ERIE CANAL," "DANCING MY WORRIES AWAY").

He’s hit hard by one personal loss after another: his sister dies, then his father; his marriage is not fulfilling. He takes what satisfaction he can find in his work ("I'M MIGHTY GLAD I'M LIVING AND THAT'S ALL"). He pens the song that becomes the anthem of World War One ("OVER THERE"). He contemplates retiring ("I WON'T BE AN ACTOR NO MORE"). But, ever more of a lone wolf as he’s growing older, he realizes he could never give up the theater; it’s his world: Medley: "HELLO BROADWAY!"/ "GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY (Reprise)," “ ALL ABOARD FOR BROADWAY (Finale). "

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No one in theatrical history ever did so many things as well as George M. Cohan. With no formal education, he achieved enormous success as a songwriter, playwright, actor, director, dancer, and producer. Known as “The Man Who Owns Broadway,” he gave Broadway its beat, its snap, its vitality. He may be considered the father of modern American musical comedy. He made America–not Europe–the pace-setter for musical theater. His fast-moving, thoroughly American shows--rather than European-style operettas–influenced younger writers like Irving Berlin and Oscar Hammerstein, who would take Broadway musicals to the next level.

“The George M. Cohan Revue” includes more of Cohan’s music than has ever been found in any one show before–not just the great hits that everyone knows, but rollicking ragtime rarities and glistening, little-known theatrical gems. The score includes more than 40 pure Cohan numbers, plus perhaps a dozen Cohan songs that have been adapted by the playwright to fit the storyline of this show, plus perhaps a half-dozen songs in which the playwright has written lyrics for Cohan melodies, plus a new song or two tossed into the mix by the playwright to round out the story.

People have been singing since the beginning of time. We'd like to think that Adam himself might have improvised a song or two in his day.... ("Adam's Rap," anyone?) Many older songs, however, feel dated; they've become historical curios.

But Cohan is a modernist--the first major modernist of the American musical theater. His best work remains fresh and vital. And is "Broadway" to the core. His best work remains irresistible. As some wags said of Cohan's music more than a century ago" You hear it once, forget it never." That remains true today. And this spirit-lifting album is proof!

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This CD is dedicated by the producer, with appreciation, affection, and respect, to the gang at School Nine.












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