Exhibition Commemorating CUA’s First Original MusicalApril 15th, 2014 by Joan Stahl
Exhibition Title: When Yankee Doodle Came to Town
Where: May Gallery, Mullen Library
When: April – August, 2014
In 1939, CUA’s newly formed Department of Speech and Drama mounted an original musical, Yankee Doodle Boy. The show portrayed the life of George M. Cohan, a legend of the American musical stage, and used for the first time the now standard device of telling a composer’s life through his own music. Generating a photo spread in Life Magazine, inspiring the 1942 motion picture Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney; and bringing national attention to the university, CUA’s musical was a hit!
With photographs, memorabilia, and contemporary accounts, this exhibit, created by the CUA University Libraries, tells the little-known story of the production and the people who made it happen.