Yeah, baby! Marxfest launches this week and there’s so much to tell about!
Tomorrow, April 30 at 3pm, listen to me, talk-show legend Dick Cavett, Harpo’s son Bill Marx and my Marxfest cohorts Noah Diamond and Kevin Fitzpatrick on the Halli Casser-Jayne Show. We’ll be talking up Marxfest of course, and the four (actually five) crazy brothers who inspired this month long tribute. We are honored to have Messers. Cavett and Marx as participants in the festival. Want to learn more? Don’t be a fink, just follow this link:
Also tomorrow, the new edition of Time Out New York hits the stands. In it will be a short piece plugging my program this Friday:
May 2, 7:30pm
From Angels to Anarchists: The Evolution of the Marx Bros
It’s a matter of published record that Harpo Marx first joined his family on stage at Henderson’s Music Hall, just a few dozen yards from Coney Island USA. What a lot of people don’t know is that the Marx Brothers’ family act initially started out as a SINGING group called the Four Nightingales. In From Angels to Anarchists, I will talk about how the act evolved from young Groucho’s initial outings as a child performer, through the act’s many iterations, until they finally became the mad-cap, no-holds-barred comedy team the world knows and loves. Along the way there will be performances of some of the act’s early material, and scatological details about Harpo’s debut at Henderson’s. The talk will have a performance component as well, three of the songs from the early Marx Brothers repertoire sung by Sarah Moskowitz!
STICK AROUND AFTERWARDS, BECAUSE RIGHT AFTER ME, COMES THE ONE AND ONLY PENNY ARCADE! THAT IS A DOUBLE HEADER NOT TO BE MISSED, IF I SAY SO MYSELF AND I JUST DID! And there is a discount for buying tickets to both so please do!
You can learn more about Marxfest in this terrific Indie Theatre Now podcast featuring myself, Noah Diamond and Jonny Porkpie in conversation with the illimitable Martin Denton:
And check out our great recent coverage in The New York Times and Newsday.
For the complete scoop on Marxfest, visit Marxfest.com