How Robert Creighton "Taps" Into the Heart of James Cagney

Cagney's co-creator and star explains his re-creation of the dance icon's famous "Yankee Doodle" routine.

Cagney, now enjoying an open run at the Westside Theatre, strikes a note of nostalgia with 1940s film buffs as it tells the story of legendary stage and screen star James Cagney. Robert Creighton, who steps into the iconic performer's daunting shoes in the off-Broadway production, channels Cagney's distinctive style of movement — most notably for his rendition of the classic tune "Yankee Doodle." Cagney's name became indelibly linked to the patriotic song through the film Yankee Doodle Dandy, which earned him a 1942 Oscar for his portrayal of George M. Cohan. Take a look as Creighton talks and dances us through his nuanced performance, adding a few favorite encounters with his audiences' most die-hard Cagney fans.

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