Tuesday, May 31, 2016
I'll Say She Is, the legendary musical comedy that was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers, opens this Thursday at the The Connelly Theater.
I'll Say She Is is a revue in which the Marx Brothers attempt to thrill and amuse a wealthy heiress in search of excitement. Their resulting adventures, in a riotous series of comedy sketches and musical numbers, take them to Wall Street, Times Square, a Chinatown opium den, and even Napoleon's palace.
I'll Say She Is established the Marx Brothers as one of the greatest comedy acts of all time. However, unlike their later stage musicals The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, it was never adapted for film, or revived on stage. The show was lost to history, until writer, performer, and Groucho Marxist Noah Diamond spent six years researching, restoring, and adapting it. Diamond's new book Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is, the Lost Marx Brothers Musical, and How it Was Found has just been released by BearManor Media.
The Off-Broadway premiere at The Connelly will star Noah Diamond as Groucho, Seth Shelden as Harpo, Matt Roper as Chico and Matt Walters as Zeppo with Melody Jane in the ingénue role of Beauty, Kathy Biehl as the dowager Ruby Mintworth and Jennifer Harder and C.L. Weatherstone in featured roles.
I'll Say She Is runs May 28 - July 2. Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 and 7 pm with an added performance on Weds. June 1 at 8pm. The Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th Street between Ave A & B in the East Village. Tickets are $35 ($25 for students & seniors), available at 212-352-3101 or www.illsaysheis.com.
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