Grand Old Cagney

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American actor James Cagney stars with Jeanne Cagney (his sister), Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and Rosemary DeCamp in the musical biopic 'Yankee Doodle Dandy', 1942.

WQXR's Elliott Forrest sat down with actor, writer, composer, and tap dancer Robert Creighton to talk about his new musical now playing at the Westside Theatre.

Cagney, is an American rags-to-riches story about a young man who skillfully tap dances his way from the Lower East Side to the silver screen. That man is of course famed actor and dancer James Cagney, played by Creighton. During his interview with Elliott, Creighton shares his personal journey of bringing this musical to the stage.

Creighton who wrote original music and lyrics for the show brought along Pianist T.O. Sterrett to share the music that drives this production. In honor of the Fourth of July, he preformed a medley of George M. Cohan favorites including "Give My Regards To Broadway," "Grand Old Flag," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

George M. Cohan Medley