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I'll Say She Is

 

"THE MARX BROTHERS ARE BACK! A restored treasure, overflowing with comic gold!" - HNN

"One of the boldest, gutsiest, most delirious productions that have graced the New York stage in recent years . . . Theater rarely feels as full of life as I’ll Say She Is!" - Stage Buddy

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.

"SHEER DELIGHT, a clear landmark of the 2014 Fringe Festival, and an absolute triumph for all involved...A delicious confection of a show...SPLENDIDLY ENTERTAINING!" - nytheater now

"MIRACULOUS! DELIGHTFUL!"- New York Theater

"A sure contender for Fringe Hit of 2014!" - Infinite Body

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 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 premieres August 10 - 22 at the New York International Fringe Production in a spectacular and historic production directed by Trav S.D.

 

 




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Original book and lyrics by
WILL B. JOHNSTONE

Adapted and expanded by
NOAH DIAMOND

Music by
TOM JOHNSTONE
Additional music by
Alexander Johnstone


Produced and directed by
TRAV S.D.

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
SABRINA CHAP

Choreography
HELEN PONTANI

Props and costumes
JULIANN KROBOTH

Technical direction
TOM BIBLA

Stage manager
DAVID GREEN



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

I'll Say She Is - Groucho and Ruby
Noah Diamond and Kathy Biehl in I'll Say She Is. Photo by Don Spiro. More photos here.

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