George M. Cohan was America's first
show business superstar, known
coast to coast as a successful actor, singer, dancer, playwright,
composer, librettist, director and producer. Once known as "The Man Who Owned
Broadway," most of his work is forgotten today -- aside from a few
of his songs and the film bio Yankee Doodle Dandy.
I had the opportunity to learn more about Cohan
while cataloging his archive at the Museum of the City
of New York in 2002.
From variety and vaudeville through the first glory years of Broadway
musical comedy, Cohan played a vital role in the
development of this art form. I hope you find these pages an informative and
enjoyable introduction to the life and career of this fascinating man.
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