George M Cohan- Angelina Torre

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  • 1. GEORGE M. COHAN a.k.a “Mr. Broadway” By: Angelina Torre
  • 2. EARLY CAREER
    • Cohan was born in 1878 in Providence, Rhode Island.
    • George’s parents were vaudeville performers, and as a infant he would dance and sing with them onstage soon after he could walk and talk.
    • At age 8, Cohan started playing violin and as a dancer.
    • He was a member of his family act, “The Four Cohans” in which he wrote over 150 skits and shows for, including his father Jeremiah, mother Helen, and his sister Josephine. In 1893 he made his Broadway debut with his sister Josephine in a sketch entitled “The Lively Bootblack.”
  • 3. Personal Life
    • From 1889 to 1907, Cohan was married to a musical comedy actress named Ethel Levey.
    • 1900- Georgette Cohan Souther Rowse
    • George shortly married again in 1908 to Agnes Mary Nolan, a dancer in Cohan’s previous shows. He was with her until his death.
    • Mary, Helen, and George M Cohan, Jr.
    • They all entered show business later, as well.
  • 4. ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • Cohan’s first Broadway hit was the show Little Johnny Jones in 1904. This show included the infamous and still very popular hits such as “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “The Yankee Doodle Boy.”
    • George became one of the leading Tin Pan Alley songwriters.
    • Published over 300 original songs
    • From 1904 to 1920 Cohan created and produced over fifty plays, revues, and musicals.
  • 5. VARIOUS SHOWS
    • Cohan shows included:
    • Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway (1905),
    • George Washington, Jr. (1906),
    • The Talk of New York The Honeymooners (1907),
    • Fifty Miles from Boston (1908)
    • The Yankee Prince (1908),
    • Broadway Jones (1912),
    • Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913),
    • The Cohan Revue of 1918 (co-written with Irving Berlin),
    • The Tavern (1920),
    • The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly (1923)
    • The Song and Dance Man (1923),
    • American Born (1925),
    • The Baby Cyclone (1927)
    • Elmer the Great (1928)
    • Pigeons and People (1933)
  • 6. COHAN’S MUSIC
    • BIG PARADE, THE
    • BILLIE
    • BLUE SKIES, GRAY SKIES
    • BORN AND BRED IN BROOKLYN
    • CHARMING
    • COHAN’S SONGS OF YESTERYEAR
    • DANCING MY WORRIES AWAY
    • DARN GOOD CRY
    • EASTER SUNDAY PARADE
    • EPILOGUE
    • FATHER OF THE LAND WE LOVE
    • FOR THE FLAG, FOR THE HOME
    • FORTY FIVE MINUTES FROM BROADWAY
    • GEORGE WASHINGTON, JR.
    • GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY
  • 7. CONT.
    • GEORGE WASHINGTON, JR.
    • GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY
    • GOD IS GOOD TO THE IRISH
    • GOODBYE BARGRAVIA
    • GREAT NEW YORK POLICE
    • HARRIGAN
    • HERE COME THE SOLDIERS
    • HINKY DEE, THE
    • I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO TELEGRAPH MY BABY
    • I LOVE YOU
    • I WAS BORN IN VIRGINIA
    • I’D RATHER WRITE A SONG
    • I’M A ONE GIRL MAN My Town
    • IN A KINGDOM OF OUR OWN
  • 8. CONT.
    • INDIANS AND TREES
    • JOHNNY Q. PUBLIC
    • LIFE’S A FUNNY PROPOSITION AFTER ALL
    • LITTLE NELLIE KELLY
    • LOVE DREAMS
    • MARCH OF THE CARDINALS
    • MARY’S A GRAND OLD NAME
    • MOLLY MALONE
    • MUSICAL COMEDY MAN
    • MY LITTLE GIRL
    • NAME OF KELLY, THE
    • NELLIE KELLY
    • OVER THERE
  • 9. CONT.
    • REVOLUTIONARY RAG
    • RING TO THE NAME OF ROSE, A
    • ROSE
    • SHOES THAT HURT
    • SO LONG, MARY
    • THIS IS OUR SIDE OF THE OCEAN
    • THOMAS EDISON, MIRACLE MAN
    • THOSE LOVELY LOVE SONGS
    • TO HEAVEN ON THE BRONX EXPRESSWAY
    • TWENTIETH CENTURY LOVE
  • 10. CONT.
    • TWO OF US, THE
    • UNTIL MY LUCK COMES ROLLING
    • VENUS, MY SHINING LOVE
    • VOICE IN MY HEART
    • WHAT A MAN
    • WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS
    • WHEN JUNE COMES ALONG WITH A SONG
    • WHEN NEW YORK WAS NEW YORK
    • WHEN YOU COME BACK, IF YOU EVER DO
    • WHERE WERE YOU, WHERE WAS I?
    • YANKEE DOODLE BOY, THE
    • YOU CAN’T DENY YOU’RE IRISH
    • YOU REMIND ME OF MY MOTHER
    • YOU WON’T DO ANY GOOD
    • YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG
  • 11.  
  • 12. LEGACY AND INFLUENCE
    • His songs are are considered staples of the American Broadway musical today.
    • He also pioneered the book musical format that is used in musicals today.
    • Used dance to advance the plot even before Agnes de Mille
    • A storyteller whose shows not only dazzled its viewers but had spectacular books to all his musicals.
  • 13. ALSO..
    • Cohan won many medals such as the Congressional Gold Medal
    • Since his death he has been featured on statues, sculptures, and postage stamps.
    • Cohan lived to be 64, and died of cancer on November 5, 1942 at his New York City residence. His funeral took place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
  • 14. IN CONCLUSION…
      • George M. Cohan was a:
      • star
      • Performer
      • Singer
      • Dancer
      • Actor
      • Playwright
      • Producer
      • Was not only important to the history of the American musical, but to American history as well.
  • 15.
    • FIN