I'll Say She Is, which is billed as "The Lost Marx Brothers Musical," plays May 28-July 2 at Off-Broadway's Connelly Theater. Opening night is scheduled for June 2.
Featuring an original book and lyrics by Will B. Johnstone, the musical was adapted and expanded by Noah Diamond, who plays Groucho Marx. The production features music by Tom Johnstone with additional music by Alexander Johnstone.
Amanda Sisk directs a cast of 21 that also includes Seth Shelden as Harpo, Matt Roper as Chico and Matt Walters as Zeppo with Melody Jane in the ingénue role of Beauty and Kathy Biehl as the dowager Ruby Mintworth with Jennifer Harder, C.L. Weatherstone, Mark Weatherup Jr., Corrado Alicata, Dante Adela, Avital Asuleen, Amber Bloom, Caitlin Brunell, Beth Conley, Robyn Michele Frank, Olivia Gjurich, Peyton Lustig, Sarah Miller, Ashley Rubin and Jessica Webb.
“Before their film career, the Marx Brothers were the stars of three Broadway musicals of the 1920s,” according to press notes. “Two of these, The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, live on as films, and stage revivals. But the Brothers' 1924 Broadway debut, a legendary revue called I'll Say She Is, was lost to history. This adaptation, a smash at Marxfest and the New York International Fringe Festival in 2014, is the first production of I'll Say She Is in over ninety years.”
The show is co-produced by Trav S.D., with musical direction and arrangements by Sabrina Chap, choreography by Drama Desk Award nominee Shea Sullivan, costumes by Julz Kroboth, technical directon by Tom Bibla, scenic construction by Joe Diamond and stage managerment by Sarah Lahue.
I'll Say She Is opened at the Casino Theatre, Broadway and 39th Street, May 19, 1924.
Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th Street. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM and 7 PM with an added performance Wednesday, June 1 at 8 PM. Click here for more information.
(Updated May 28)