You can, if you wish, use 33 different actors to play the 33 different characters. And you can also have a chorus as big or as small as you want. Eighteen of the 46 musical numbers in this show feature members of the chorus, so there’s plenty for the chorus to do.
However, it is also entirely possible to do this show well with a smaller cast, if that is your preference. The show will work perfectly fine with, say, 20 or so actors, with some “doubling” of roles. The plentitude of ensemble moments give the show a big feel. The score is rich with Cohan favorites. And even includes a couple of specialties by Irving Berlin, who idolized Cohan.
If you’re planning a really big production--at, for example, a regional theater or community theater, or at a college, high school, or middle school--and you would like to use a big cast, this exuberant musical comedy can be performed with as large a cast as you choose to have. This is an ideal choice for a big high school, college, or community theater that wants a big show, with lots of life, lots of color, and lots of characters!
Our thanks to the talented actors who’ve helped in workshopping this show. The photos below show the cast of our first reading at Roy Arias Studios, New York City: Chris Hlinka (George M. Cohan), Bob Diamond (Jerry Cohan), Suzanne Dressler (Nellie Cohan), Katie Brandenstein (Josie Cohan), Ian Palmer (Young George M. Cohan), Emily Bordonaro (Young Josie Cohan), Jennifer Cohan Ross (Agnes Nolan), Michael Townsend Wright (Edward Albee and assorted others), and Brady Chin (Irving Berlin and assorted others), along with playwright Chip Deffaa. (And below the photos from our first reading of the show, you'll find photos from a recent full-scale production.)
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is published and licensed by Leicester Bay Theatricals. For more information on licensing this musical play, please go to:
The Crystal Sea Drama Company of San Antonio, Texas, under the direction of Irene Miller, produced "Yankee Doodle Dandy" this season.
Our thanks to Irene Miller, Artistic Director of the Crystal Sea Drama Company of San Antonio, Texas, for these rehearsal photos; their production of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" was presented in May of 2012.
Members of the Crystal Sea Drama Company presented samples from the show at a school in San Antonio, helping stir up interest in their production....
Playwright Chip Deffaa recently received a wonderful surprise--a poster for the Crystal Sea Drama Company's production of his show "Yankee Doodle Dandy"--autographed by the various members of the cast.
The signed poster now hangs, properly framed, in Chip Deffaa's home.
David Cook (in the red tailcoat) as George M. Cohan, and the cast of "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
More than 90 costumes were created for the 32 cast members! Costume designer Lisa Lamberson and Costume Department Head Marla Ripps oversaw a crew of nine people who helped make costumes.
This photo shows crew members building set pieces that were "flown in" (with the help of fly-rail operator Casey Birkes) for scene changes, during the production. Ten people worked on the set and props crew.
A scene from the Crystal Sea Drama Company's production of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." (A complete list of cast and credits will be found below the production photos on this page.)
David Cook as George M. Cohan
"My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you...." George M. Cohan's famous curtain speech.
Chris Miller, Jacob Pursell, David Cook
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is published and licensed by Leicester Bay Theatricals. For more information on licensing this show, please visit: