With only 9 rehearsals under our belt, we opened George M! at TheatreZone in Naples, FL... and boy, what a joyous journey it's been!
To be completely honest, I had no idea who George M. Cohan was. Shame on me and my limited musical theater history knowledge. Come to find out, George M. Cohan was the father of musical theater as we know it today. His verve and tenacity brought countless songs and musicals to the Broadway stage that I feel is so important for every actor to recognize.
A truly ensemble show, this show goes by in the blink of an eye. As George M says himself - speed! lights! music! - the pace is key. The ensemble is on stage and off and back on again until the final notes of the orchestra. It's a blast! I get to play a few bit parts (Madame Grimaldi and Ma Templeton), tap dance to Yankee Doodle Dandy, and have a handful of other fun features.
We run through Sunday, January 22, 2017, and then it's on to the next project. More info here --> http://www.theatrezone-florida.com/current_season.html
Danae DeShazer is an actress, singer, and dancer living in Sarasota, FL.