Orchestra concert will bring a real dandy to life

James Grenelle will pay tribute to George M. Cohan on Sunday.

Jim Damaske | Times (2004)

James Grenelle will pay tribute to George M. Cohan on Sunday.

One of the Tampa Bay area's most lauded theater favorites will be the featured performer at Richey Community Orchestra's Sunday concert, "A Yankee Doodle Dandy Salute to George M. Cohan."

James Grenelle will pay tribute to an actor/singer/dancer/playwright/composer/director once called "The Man Who Owned Broadway."

It's a good match; Grenelle, who won a Lary Award for his portrayal of Cohan in the musical George M! at St. Petersburg Little Theatre in 2002, is also multifaceted — acting, singing, dancing on stage and directing, choreographing and designing lights behind the scenes for the past 20 years.

Local patrons may remember Grenelle in the title role of Charley's Aunt, which he also directed, at Richey Suncoast Theatre in 2000, and as the singer/dancer Lucky in Dames at Sea at the Angel Cabaret Theatre in Port Richey in 2002.

He has toured Europe and the United States as a choreographer and performer and written, arranged and/or staged several musical shows on both continents.

The 50-piece orchestra's program will also have a special tribute to current and former members of the armed services. Each branch will be honored, and the Springstead High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps color guard will be featured.

The orchestra will play Morton Gould's American Salute, and John Williams' Hymn to the Fallen, which was featured in the movie Saving Private Ryan.

Other numbers are John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever and Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Future RCO concerts are:

Dec. 13: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree dinner show ($30) at Spartan Manor, featuring singer Marty Thompson.

Jan. 17: Bad to the Bone Big Band concert ($15) at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Port Richey, featuring Russ Little.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day Musique d'Amour ($15) at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, featuring singers Michelle James and David Pruyn.

March 14: Viva Italia ($15) at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, with soprano Susan Falcone and tenor Robert Lischetti.

April 18: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber ($15) at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, with singers Randi Olson and Jason Yungmann.

Fast facts

If you go

Richey Community Orchestra presents "A Yankee Doodle Dandy Salute to George M. Cohan."

Where: Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $15, open seating, available at the door.

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