I'll Say She Is

 



I'll Say She Is

 

 

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THE NEXT PRODUCTION OF I'LL SAY SHE IS IS NOW BEING PLANNED.
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The Marx Brothers Are Back!

"Sheer delight, and an
absolute triumph for all
involved... A delicious
confection of a show!"
Martin Denton

"Noah Diamond dons
Groucho’s moustache in an
uncanny and hilarious
performance!"
Time Out New York

"Closer to the original than
we might assume...This guy
knows his onions."
Peter Filichia

"One of the boldest,
gutsiest, most delirious
productions to grace the
New York stage in recent
years!" Stage Buddy

"A rousing success!"
The Examiner

"The closest thing to a new
Marx Brothers work we will
ever see."
Cinematically Insane

"A revival that will keep you
in stitches! I was unable
to breathe!"
Theatre is Easy

I'll Say She Is - Groucho and Ruby
Noah Diamond and Kathy Biehl

I'll Say She Is
Noah Diamond, Robert Pinnock, Melody Jane,
Seth Shelden, and Aristotle Stamat

 

Before they made the movies which are their principal legacy, the Marx Brothers were the stars of three Broadway musicals. Two of these, The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, became films. But their 1924 Broadway debut, I'll Say She Is, was lost to history.

I'll Say She Is - The Napoleon Scene
Aristotle Stamat, Robert Pinnock, Noah Diamond, Melody Jane, and Seth Shelden
in I'll Say She Is. Photo by Don Spiro. More photos here.

I'll Say She Is was a musical comedy revue about an heiress looking for thrills. It had a book and lyrics by Will B. Johnstone (later to co-write Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and A Day at the Races) and music by Tom Johnstone. It had the beautiful Lotta Miles. And it had seven golden comedy scenes, which established the Marx Brothers as we know them.

Drawn from multiple sources, Noah Diamond's adaptation of I'll Say She Is reconstructs, refines, embellishes, and otherwise grapples with this enigmatic entry in the Marx Brothers canon. It premiered at the 2014 New York International Fringe Production in an historic production directed by Trav S.D. The I'll Say She Is team is now planning the next production.

 



Melody Jane
Melody Jane

 


Original book and lyrics by WILL B. JOHNSTONE -- Adapted and expanded by NOAH DIAMOND -- Music by TOM JOHNSTONE -- Additional music by Alexander Johnstone

New York International Fringe Festival production
Starring MELODY JANE -- NOAH DIAMOND -- SETH SHELDEN -- ROBERT PINNOCK -- ARISTOTLE STAMAT
and KATHY BIEHL -- BOB HOMEYER -- TRAV S.D. -- C.L. WEATHERSTONE
Featuring AMBER BLOOM -- FRANCINE DAVETA -- LEFTY LUCY -- EMILY TURNER MARSLAND -- MELISSA ROTH
KITA ST. CYR -- ALEXIS THOMASON -- JAMIE C. WELLS as the I'll Say She Is Girls --
with FOXY VERMOUTH

Musical direction and arrangements SABRINA CHAP -- Choreography HELEN PONTANI -- Props and costumes JULIANN KROBOTH
Technical direction TOM BIBLA -- Stage manager DAVID GREEN -- Produced by TRAV S.D. and NOAH DIAMOND -- Directed by TRAV S.D.