George Michael Cohan was born July 3, 1878 – died November 5, 1942. Cohan was a United States entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, director, and producer of Irish descent. Known as “the man who owned Broadway” in the decade before World War I, he is considered the father of American musical comedy. Cohan was the pioneer of the musical theater libretto. He is mostly remembered for his songs, later interpolated into musicals such as Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and Hello Dolly! However, he invented the “book musical,” becoming the first showman to bridge the gaps between drama and music, operetta and extravaganza. Cohan and his sister Josie in the 1890sMore than three decades before Agnes De Mille choreographed Oklahoma!, Cohan used dance not merely as razzle-dazzle but to advance the plot. The engaging books of his musicals supported the scores that yielded so many popular songs. As a storyteller, Cohan’s main characters were “average Joes and Janes”.

Original George M. Cohan Autograph, signed on Card Stock. Regular Price – $ 599.00 / Sale Price – $ 195.00.


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