Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! As I did during this week last year, I’ve decided to bump this month’s musical theatre post two weeks ahead, so you can celebrate Independence Day with something charmingly feel-good and patriotic, like George M!
This 1968 musical told the story of George M. Cohan, the theatrical legend famous for the evergreen anthem “Give My Regards To Broadway,” and several American classics, including “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag” — all of which were featured in this production. Joel Grey starred as the eponymous hero (a role Cagney played in the 1942 film, Yankee Doodle Dandy), alongside Betty Ann Grove, Jamie Donnelly, Jerry Dodge, Jill O’Hara, Harvey Evans, and Bernadette Peters.
This month, I’m sharing — for subscribers who comment below to let me know of their interest — access to the complete 1970 TV production, which was broadcast by NBC on September 12, 1970, and featured Grey and Peters recreating their stage roles alongside an all-star cast that included Jack Cassidy, Anita Gillette, Red Buttons, Blythe Danner, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jesse White, and Nanette Fabray. It’s a whole lotta fun — here’s an excerpt. Happy 4th!
Come back tomorrow for more Mad About You! And tune in on the third Monday in August for more Musical Theatre rarities!