Give My Regards to Joel Grey
When looking for a video of "Over There," I was hoping to find footage of the musical George M!, which starred Joel Grey as George M. Cohan. It was done on Broadway in 1968 (running for a year, 427 performances) and a TV production was made two years later, but alas I couldn't find anything.
However, I did find a medley of songs from the show that Joel Grey re-created on the Tony Awards in 1974. For those whose image of George M. Cohan is James Cagney and think that no other performer could play the role (other than, oh, Cohan himself...), it's worth giving Joel Grey a look. He was acclaimed in the role, and won the Tony as Best Actor. The question isn't whether he makes you forget Cagney, but whether he makes you think of Cohan. It's an impressive performance below, and hopefully the video of the full musical will surface.
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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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