July 7-8, 2018
No one in show business ever did quite so many different things quite so well as the dynamic George M. Cohan (1878-1942). The quintessential “self-made man,” he rose from poverty to become an outstanding entertainer, songwriter, playwright, director, and producer. He wrote or co-wrote more than 50 shows. He produced or co-produced more than 80 shows. He penned hundreds of irresistible songs, remaking the American songbook in the process. (And a century later, everyone still knows such spirited Cohan numbers as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Harrigan,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “Over There.”) The most popular musical-comedy man of his day, he made America – not Europe – the pace-setter for musical theater. He gave Broadway its beat, its pace, its snap. And was the first member of his profession ever honored with a Congressional Medal.
ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa’s acclaimed solo show George M. Cohan Tonight! brings back Cohan in all of his glory.
Saturday, July 7 - 7pm
Sunday, July 8 - 2pm