"Sheer delight, and an
absolute triumph for all
involved... A delicious
confection of a show!"
"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,
productions to grace the
New York stage in
years!" Stage Buddy
"A rousing success!"
"The closest thing to a new
Marx Brothers work
ever see." Cinematically Insane
"A revival that will keep you
in stitches! I was unable
to breathe!" Theatre is Easy
Noah Diamond and Kathy Biehl
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.
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.