The story is that of George M. Cohan (played by Joel Grey), a singer-dancer and actor, from his early days until his latter years. Cohan also wrote countless songs, as well as musical plays, and was a theatrical producer. The story takes George from working with his parents (Jerry and Ethel) and sister (Josie) in vaudeville as The Four Cohans to his Broadway endeavors. The play contains 24 of Cohan's songs, and showcases Cohan's dancing abilities as well. These are songs such as Give My Regards To Broadway, You're A Grand Old Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
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George M! opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, New York, New York, on April 10, 1968, and ran for 433 performances plus 8 previews, closing on April 26, 1969. Joe Layton was the director and choreographer.
A television special was made based on the musical, broadcast on NBC on September 12, 1970. The premise of the television show was that of having actors assemble for a reading or run-through of a musical based on George M. Cohan's life. They discuss his life and work, and sing some of his songs in rehearsal-style. Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters again played George M. Cohan and his sister, Josie. Jack Cassidy and Nanette Fabray played his parents, and Anita Gillette and Blythe Danner played his first and second wives.
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