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THE GEORGE M. COHAN REVUE EXTENDED AT DANNY'S

Chip Deffaa Presents "THE GEORGE M. COHAN REVUE: A Yankee Doodle Dandy's Life" celebrating the life and times of the original Yankee Doodle Dand. The revue, which opened appropriately on the 4th of July is being presented at DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM (346 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-265-8133 - http://www.dannysgrandseapalace.com/ ). New, extended dates are Friday & Sunday, July 23rd (9:15 pm) and 25th (8:45 pm), Wednesday, August 4th at 7 pm and Sunday, August 8th at 2:00 pm. This unprecedented revue packs 40 Cohan songs into 75 fast-moving minutes. There is a $15 cover charge and $10 food/drink minimum.

The show was conceived, written, and directed by Chip Deffaa, with music and lyrics by George M. Cohan (with revisions and a new song or two by Deffaa) and choreography by Justin Boccitto. Musical accompaniment (plus additional vocals, and incidental arranging) is by Michael Lavine.

Portraying Cohan is Jon Peterson, the British musical song-and-dance star who played the emcee in Cabaret (national tour and on Broadway). Peterson played Cohan, to rave reviews-, in Deffaa's 16-character, full-length book musical "George M. Cohan: In His Own Words." Mr. Deffaa has gathered the six key players from the cast of that show to offer this Cohan revue for the summer. Featured in the cast, in addition to Mr. Peterson are Hal Blankenship, Joan Jaffe, Dawne Swearingen, Cathy Remmert and Dave Warren along with Narrator Michael Townsend Wright.

In his day, George M. Cohan owned Broadway. A consummate entertainer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and producer, he dominated American theater in a way no other man before or since ever has. He was the founder of modern American musical comedy, which got its start with Cohan's first Broadway hit, 'Little Johnny Jones,' 100 years ago.

Chip Deffaa is the author of eight books on music and pop culture. Mr. Deffaa, has also been an entertainment critic for some 20 years.

 

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