George M. Cohan presents
George M. Cohan 101
compiled by John Kenrick

(Copyright 2002 & 2004)


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.

John Kenrick
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