The Marx Brothers, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, are headed back to a New York stage April 27 to May 26.
Off-Broadway's American Jewish Theatre is reviving the 1927 Irving Berlin musical The Cocoanuts, written by George S. Kaufman as a custom vehicle for the Marx Brothers on stage and later in film. Richard Sabellico (The Yiddish Trojan Women) will direct and choreograph.
Though the wildly farcical musical about shysters trying to unload Florida swampland has enjoyed several notable regional revivals in recent years, including productions in Washington DC and at Goodspeed Opera House, this is being billed as the first New York revival since the original.
"The Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont not being available," AJT's announcement dryly notes, their roles will be assumed by Michael McGrath (Groucho), Robert Sapoff (Harpo), Peter Slutzker (Chico) and Celia Tackaberry (Dumont). The supporting cast includes Laurie Gamache, Michael Mulheren, Michael Waldron and Kirby Ward.
The score, which is notable for its lack of Berlin standards -- unless you count "Monkey Doodle-Doo" -- will be fortified by the interpolation of "Shaking the Blues Away" and "Always." All tickets cost $35. For information: (212) 633-9797.