SYNPOSIS: Cagney is an American rags-to-riches story about a young man who skillfully tap dances his way from the Lower East Side to the silver screen. The award-winning musical follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema’s original tough guy.
LANGUAGE: There is no harsh language but some exclamatory oaths are used.
The language includes several uses of the word “hell,” describing a place, as well as a few uses of “damn.” “God” is uttered twice but not in an irreverent fashion.
SMOKING/DRINKING/DRUG USE: None to speak of. There is a little discussion of smoking and drinking but none is depicted on stage. A Hollywood character wears a costume that includes a long cigarette holder.
VIOLENCE: None that is real. There are a few instances rehearsing movie scenes that depict a punch, and several that include handling and shooting a gun, but it is implied stage violence.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Cagney is suitable for all audiences, including children aged 10 and older. Younger children might be bored by it.
RATING: If it were a movie, Cagney would have a “PG” rating.