Since I posted a video of Joel Grey starring as George M. Cohan in George M!, I thought it would be nice to see this interesting 2-1/2 minute video of him looking back on the production, for which he won the Tony Award as best actor in a musical, and talking about the issues with the show and the challenges for him.
And here's a selection for the Original Broadway Cast recording of the show. Especially since I just posted the video of Joel Grey singing a medley of some of George M. Cohan's greatest hits, I thought it would be nice to have one of Cohan's lesser-known songs, but a good one. This is "My Town."
By the way, if -- as Joel Grey says above -- the production indeed did face the hurdle of audiences thinking the show was just a patriotic pageant, rather than a thoughtful look at a talented, influential but troubled man, to a certain degree they have themselves to blame. Here's the logo for the show.
(On the other hand, it might have been the thought of patriotism that drew some audiences, as well...)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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