George M! Is A Rouser!

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:00 am By: William J. Reynolds Source: Rockland Lifestyle
dreams of Broadway, preferring instead to continue their tour on the vaudeville circuit as the Four Cohans.
Rounding out the cast are Melodie Wolford, who plays George's mother Nellie, Amanda Trusty as George's sister Josie, Laura Schutter as George's first wife Ethel Levey, and Jeannette Minson, who plays George's second wife Agnes, whom George lovingly refers to as 'Miss Worchester, Mass.'
The audience is treated to such Cohan standards as 'Give My Regards to Broadway,' 'Forty-Fives Minutes from Broadway,' 'Nellie Kelly,' 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' 'Harrigan,' along with rousing, show-stopping renditions of "Over There' and 'You're A Grand Old Flag.'  This critic's heart was incredibly moved by the song 'Mary's A Grand Old Name,' and I found myself closing my eyes and mouthing the sentimental lyrics to this most memorable of Cohan tunes.
'Over There,' which was originally written during World War I, earned Cohan a special gold medal from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's upon America's entry into World War II.
Kudos must be given to Leo P. Carusone, the Musical Director, Costume Designer Leon Dobkowski, and to the exceptional team of Richard Stafford and
Jonathan Stahl who share the duties of Director and Choreographer.
June is the month for the Tony Awards, which honors the Best of Broadway, as well as Father's Day and Graduations.  I can not think of a better way to honor the special dad or grad in your life than to spend a rousing evening of musical entertainment by seeing the WBT's current production of 'George M!'  You don't even have to be a theatre afficionado to enjoy this show.   If you are a patriotic American, you will be incredibly moved by the story of the Master Showman of Broadway.  It is a classic retelling of a young man, defying all the obstacles and achieving the brass ring, which we all can identify with and appreciate.   We strongly urge to contact the WBT at  for tickets or by calling (914)-592-2222.  The play runs through July 1.