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  • Let me begin by stating, in complete sincerity, that I love Broadway
  • That said, I know and acknowledge the fact that the work of George M
  • In fact, on the converse, go experience the burning agony of Hell -- trust me, it's preferable to George M

    • by onesongglory86
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      I have given this musical a rating of “1″ solely because Reviewstream does not allow users to use negative numbers. Let me begin by stating, in complete sincerity, that I love Broadway. I love (almost) everything about it — most of all what it has become lately, but also very much its origins, and its gradual progression through the past century or so.

      That said, I know and acknowledge the fact that the work of George M. Cohan is essential


      in any discussion of said progression; in many ways, musical theatre really began with the work of this great man.

      But this show, which uses Cohan’s music to tell the story of his life, is — genuinely — horrible. First of all, it is annoying.

      It is filled with superficial music and imposed dancing that, while perhaps innovative inthe early 20th century, has absolutely no place in modern society. Second, it is pompous — the character of George M.

      Cohan ...


      • comes off as arrogant and uncompromising; granted, the man Cohan seems to have possessed these loving qualities during real life, but this fact does not make it any less painful for the audience to endure. Third, it is unengaging — and on the rare occasions when the audience is engaged, it is unlikely that they have any clue what is going on.

        And they shouldn’t know what’s going on, because, as far as I can tell, nothing IS going on.

        The play focuses a lot of attention on the intense patriotism that George M.

        Cohan possessed, only to culminate in a long scene in the second act where everybody, for no apparent reason, begins singing Irish songs in Irish accents. Everybody has kilts.

        It’s more disturbing than amusing. So go see RENT.

        Go see Les Miserables, the Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, West Side Story. In fact, on the converse, go experience the burning agony of Hell — trust me, it’s preferable to “George M.




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