Jon Peterson George M. Cohen Tonight! [Original Cast Recording]
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- by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra ~ George M. Cohan: You're a Grand Old Flag ~ $23.60
- Released: June 13, 2006
- Label: Ghostlight
- 1.Hello Broadway / Give My Regards to Broadway: Hello Broadway / Give My Regards To Broadway
- 2.The Man Who Owns Broadway
- 3.Night Time
- 4.Musical Moon
- 5.Ireland, My Land of Dreams
- 6.I'm Saving Up to Buy a Home for Mother
- 7.Josephine / Oh, You Wonderful Girl: Josephine / Oh, You Wonderful Girl
- 8.The Hinkey Dee
- 9.Thank You
- 11.You Won't Do Any Business If You Haven't Got a
- 12.If I'm Going to Die I'm Going to Have Some Fun
- 13.My Father Told Me
- 14.Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway
- 15.Oh! You Beautiful Girl / I Want the World to Know: Oh, You Beautiful Girl / I Want The World To Know
- 16.Goodbye Flo
- 17.I Want to Hear a Yankee Doodle Tune
- 18.The Fatal Curse of Drink
- 19.The Yankee Doodle Boy
- 21.You're a Grand Old Flag
- 22.Over There
- 23.Sweet Popularity / I'm a Popular Man: Sweet Popularity / I'm A Popular Man
- 24.Drink with Me / Did Ya Ever Have One of Those: Drink With Me / Did Ya Ever Have One Of Those Days?
- 25.I Love Everyone in the Wide, Wide World / I'm True: I Love Everyone In The Wide, Wide World / I'm True To Them All
- 26.All-American Sweetheart
- 27.I Won't Be an Actor No More
- 28.Live's a Funny Proposition After All
- 29.All Aboard for Broadway / Give My Regards To: All Aboard For Broadway / Give My Regards To Broadway
Lyricists: George M. Cohan; Chip Deffaa.
Personnel: Jonah Peterson (vocals); Sterling Price-McKinney (piano); Vince Giordano (6-string bass); Robert Garcia (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
Liner Note Author: Chip Deffaa.
Recording information: Right Track Studio, A509, New York, NY.
Editor: Richard Danley.
Photographer: Carol Rosegg.
Arrangers: D. Jay Bradley; Chip Deffaa.
If Chip Deffaa's George M. Cohan Tonight! seems a bit old-fashioned, like a slice of life from an earlier era, that's exactly the idea. The musical covers the biography of one George M. Cohan, a vaudeville performer who'd become famous for weaning American musical theater away from pompous European fare at the dawn of the 20th century. This one-person show, staring Jon Peterson, weaves Cohen's songs (with a number of additions and revisions by Deffaa) into a life story shot through with American brashness and a love of Broadway. A number of these songs, like "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Yankee Doodle Boy," will be familiar to the listener whether s/he ever set foot inside of a musical theater. The songs move from Cohan's early life in vaudeville, performing with his family, to an early love affair that his father put an end to, and finally to his accession to Broadway, despite the fact that no one believed his innovative ideas would fly. Peterson's performance is exuberant, though likely -- these songs are so often enthusiastic and bouncy -- to wear all but the most extroverted listener down by the three-quarters mark. George M. Cohan Tonight! finally supersedes Cohan himself, celebrating a certain American male type and bathing him in the kind of nostalgia where one can feel good about waving the flag ("You're A Grand Old Flag" and heading off to war ("Over There"). ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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