Cagney the Musical Tickets
Following a successful run at The York Theatre Company in 2015, the musical biography of the legendary film icon James Cagney has been transferred to the Westside Theatre. The Off-Broadway production of “Cagney” raised its curtains on April 3 and due to the increasing sales of Cagney The Musical tickets, an open-ended engagement was announced. Co-writer and commercially successful actor Robert Creighton has reprised the title role, delving deep into Cagney’s personality and the characters he played in his acting career. James Cagney wore various hats as a performer and shined as a gangster, psycho, gentleman farmer, female impersonator and a tap dancer. According to the director Bill Castellino, no actor other than Creighton could have stepped into the versatile shoes of Cagney, and he’s done complete justice to the role.
Cagney – A Phenomenal, Tough-At Its-Core Musical
Enjoying a stellar New York premiere in the 2015 spring, Cagney The Musical was promoted from The York Theatre Company stage to the Off-Broadway platform. The official opening of the bio-musical took place on April 3 and after an overwhelming response an open-ended run was announced at the Westside Theatre. Veteran stage actor Robert Creighton has reprised the lead role of James Cagney, and when reviews like “Creighton is born for the role” – The New York Times started pouring in, the sales of Cagney The Musical tickets also increased.
Through a brilliant direction by Bill Castellino and Joshua Bergasse’s choreography, the humble beginnings of Cagney from New York’s Lower East Side are brought to stage. Writer Peter Colley has focused more on the events rather than the depth of Cagney’s personality, highlighting his rise as a theatre dance-and-song man to his superstar status in Hollywood. Most of the original cast members are reprising their roles in the revised, expanded and updated version of the musical. Jeremy Benton, Bruce Sabath, Danette Holden, Ellen Zolezzi and Josh Walden will be filling the stage as the supporting characters, telling the whole story.
An Entertaining Salute To A Legendary Actor
Touching upon the various aspects in James Cagney’s life, the musical emphasizes more on the important events rather than going deep into his character. Cagney’s life story is presented in a series of flashbacks that are perfectly timed. The audience is taken back to his early struggling days when he worked on the streets to his theatre debut where he played the role of a drag, and eventually met his life-long love and partner Frances, fondly known as Willie. Then comes his journey to Hollywood, where he fought hard for pivotal roles and became the face of Warner Brothers. Evolving as a versatile actor, Cagney worked hard not to be type-casted in tough guy roles and put down his machine guns for the hit bio musical film “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. His role of George M. Cohan, the man who owned Broadway, earned him an Academy Award for the “Best Actor”.
Through Cagney The Musical, the young audience learn a lot about James, both as an individual and an actor. Robert Creighton is an ideal choice to play the role, not just because he has the same build and style, but also for his gusto and the way he brings Cagney’s charisma to stage. The passion with which he sings and dances on stage matches that of James. His gritty portrayal of the actor in serious scenes has earned him a standing ovation. The audience can’t help but cheer out loud in the act when Cagney (Creighton) reluctantly returns to the Warner Brothers to star in “White Heat” and elevates a familiar role into a one of high art. Throughout the musical, Cagney’s experience and top class acting skills are mentioned, reinforcing why he’s ranked 8th by the American Film Institute as the “Greatest Male Star of Classic Hollywood Cinema”.
Nothing but joy, Cagney The Musical is a crowd-pleasing, fun-filled theatre extravaganza. Everything from the flashing tap shoes, singing and dancing to the enchanting story will keep you hooked.