|Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway|
Sheet music cover for "Mary's a Grand Old Name" noting the 1920 film based on the play
|Music||George M. Cohan|
|Lyrics||George M. Cohan|
|Book||George M. Cohan|
The musical debuted on January 1, 1906 at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway and ran for 90 performances before closing on March 17. The role of Mary Jane Jenkins was created by Fay Templeton and Kid Burns was played by Victor Moore. The musical re-opened later the same year, on November 5, at the New York Theatre with the cast almost unchanged. It played there for an additional 32 performances before closing on December 1. Its only Broadway revival after that was from March 14 to April 13, 1912 at George M. Cohan's Theatre, where it ran for 36 performances with a different cast.
The piece is remembered for several songs, such as its title song, "Forty-five Minutes from Broadway", originally sung by Moore, and for tunes about its leading lady character, "Mary Is a Grand Old Name" and "So Long Mary", both sung in the original production by Templeton, which were performed in recreations of the original stage play within the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Forty-five Minutes from Broadway
- Only forty-five minutes from Broadway
- Think of the changes it brings
- For the short time it takes
- What a diff'rence it makes
- In the ways of the people and things
- Oh, what a fine bunch of reubens
- Oh, what a jay atmosphere
- They have whiskers like hay
- And imagine Broadway
- Only forty-five minutes from here
Mary Is a Grand Old Name
- For it is Mary; Mary
- Plain as any name can be
- But with propriety, society
- Will say, "Marie"
- But it was Mary; Mary
- Long before the fashions came
- And there is something there
- That sounds so square
- It's a grand old name
So Long Mary
- Mary: It's awfully nice of all you boys to see me to the train
- Chorus: So long, Mary
- Mary: I didn't think you'd care if you should ne'er see me again
- Chorus: You're wrong, Mary
- Mary: This reminds me of my family / On the day I left Schenectady
- Chorus: So long, Mary / Don't forget to come back home
As staged in the film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), starring James Cagney, this sentimental song is lightened by a scene in which her luggage springs open. Her male admirers politely gather her bloomers and petticoats, and repack for the blushing Mary, while they continue singing.
- Congressional Gold Medal Recipient George M. Cohan, CongressionalGoldMedal.com
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- "Jay" is an old-fashioned synonym for "reuben" or "rube". See . It means a rural person who is ignorant of the ways of a large city; it survives in the term "jaywalking".