Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

George M! Tops in Music, Dance

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

George M! Tops in Music, Dance

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Newcomer to Lyric Theatre Eddie Korbich took the title role in the hit Broadway musical production George M! as the third production in the summer season of musicals. He did the role with great panache and enthusiasm. However, by the time the rousing musical ended, many in the audience felt they had watched it on a VCR's "fast forward."

Korbich, as well as most of the cast, talked, danced, sang and marched faster than a twister. One might almost call it a frenetic show.

To be honest, musicals and dramas too often drag along, so probably it's better to go fast than to go too slow.

Basically the story of George M. Cohan, early-day vaudeville performer, composer, lyricist, dancer, singer and producer, this musical is well known for its patriotic music such as Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Over There. Other familiar tunes are Give My Regards to Broadway, Mary's a Grand Old Name and Harrigan.

The story begins at his birth in 1878, goes into his vaudeville days and Broadway hits, ending with 1939 when he's about to make a big return to Broadway, which he used to say he owned.

Korbich, whose background includes stage, television and radio, is a dynamic personality on stage, full of vim, vigor and talent. While he's certainly not James Cagney, who played the film role, he certainly could have been Georgie Cohan. He sings well, is an excellent dancer and exudes personality. He ages from a good looking young man to a senior citizen and the aging of him was so startling that it was distracting to many.

Cy Young was outstanding as Georgie's father, a long-time vaudevillian who works hard to keep up with his talented son on the way to Broadway. Young handles the comedy roles as well as the pathos with great aplomb and is especially pleasurable in the duo of Harrigan, where he does fisticuffs in a bar with his son, Georgie. …

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