"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
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 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 a commercial production.