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I'll Say She Is - 2016 - Off-Broadway

I'LL SAY SHE IS is a revue in which the Marx Brothers attempt to thrill and amuse a wealthy heiress in search of excitement. Their resulting adventures, in a riotous series of comedy sketches and musical numbers, take them to Wall Street, Times Square, a Chinatown opium den, and even Napoleon's palace.

I'LL SAY SHE IS established the Marx Brothers as one of the greatest comedy acts of all time. However, unlike their later stage musicals The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, I'll Say She Is was never adapted for film, or revived on stage. The show was lost to history, until writer, performer, and Groucho Marxist Noah Diamond spent six years researching, restoring, and adapting it. Diamond's new book Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is, the Lost Marx Brothers Musical, and How it Was Found has just been released by BearManor Media.

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission

Connelly Theatre

(New York, NY)
220 E. 4th St. (between Avenues A and B)


 

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017
Peculiar Works Project and Fraunces Tavern Museum announce their unique collaboration for the World Premiere of 'Androboros: Villain of the State,' America's first published play written in 1714 by Robert Hunter and adapted for today by S.M. Dale.
by BroadwayWorld JR - Sep 16, 2017
Atlantic for Kids' 2017-2018 Season opens today, September 16, with the family musical Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, inspired by Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine featuring music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons, lyrics and concept by Douglas Lyons, book by Melvin Tunstall III and direction by Tamilla Woodard.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2020
Every fall, the State University of New York at Fredonia pays homage to the town's near-namesake, Freedonia-the mythical kingdom at the center of the Marx Brothers' 1933 classic Duck Soup. Since 1987, the Freedonia Marxonia festival has become a tradition for Marx Brothers fans.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
400 Years in Manhattan, the rollicking 'multimedia monologue' in which New York storyteller Noah Diamond leads the way through four centuries of history, is extending its run in the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival. After selling out its first two performances, a third has been added, on November 6 at 9:00 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016
 Peculiar Works Project announces a new site-specific, political farce: Androboros: Villain of the State, a 1-hour adaptation of America's first play in celebration of its 300th Anniversary. In this contemporary staging - in an actual boxing ring - characters inspired by today's political leaders will metaphorically slug it out just days before Americans go to vote. This is a rare opportunity to see an American first in a unique sett ng during an extraordinary election season - right for theater lovers and politics haters!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2017
The Secret Variety Society have announced another edition of their variety show featuring the comedian Matt Roper, singer-songwriter Sabrina Chap, stand-up magician Magic Brian and circus artist Miss Ekaterina at the Slipper Room the house of varieties on the Lower East Side this Wednesday, 25th October at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016
Molasses in January is a fun, new musical for all ages! Book, lyrics, and music by Francine Pellegrino, the recently workshopped show is being transferred to The Davenport Theatre Off Broadway. Director Whitney Stone will be returning to the production after directing it's two developmental workshops last fall at the Times Square Arts Center. Only two performances of the production remain: October 25th, and November 1st.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016
Bringing together five artists from New York City's downtown scene, the Secret Variety Society is formed for a monthly residency at Pangea, the intimate supper club in the heart of the East Village, for an evening of satirical, surreal and sublime entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
Three of New York City's most beloved downtown acts join the comic singing sensation Wilfredo for the October edition of Wilfredo a Go Go! tonight. Cassandra Rosebeetle, Jenny C'est Quoi and Lucy Licious are all lined up to appear in the monthly variety show, produced and presented by the Slipper Room at 9.30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016
Molasses in January Off-Broadway at The Davenport Theatre is now offering a limited number of Rush Tickets for each performance. Rush Tickets are sold for $15 (cash only) at the box office 15 minutes before curtain.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016
Never mind those two scoundrels... vote for THIS scoundrel! It's time to consider W.C. FIELDS FOR PRESIDENT.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016
Bringing together five artists from New York City's downtown scene, the Secret Variety Society is formed for a monthly residency at Pangea, the intimate supper club in the heart of the East Village, for an evening of satirical, surreal and sublime entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017
Combustion Collective has announced a January 2018 developmental workshop of its inaugural project, 'The Floorshow,' created by Avital Asuleen.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016
Never mind those two scoundrels... vote for THIS scoundrel! It's time to consider W.C. FIELDS FOR PRESIDENT.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017
Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante re-creates his acclaimed New York and London stage portrayal celebrating America's greatest comedian - Groucho Marx.  You will feel as though Groucho is back, as Ferrante sings, dances and performs classic routines on the North Coast Rep stage, June 12 and 13th at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2016
I'LL SAY SHE IS, the legendary musical comedy that was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers, begins previews at the The Connelly Theater today, May 28. Opening is slated for June 2.
by - May 28, 2016
BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 5/28/2016.
by - May 21, 2016
BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 5/21/2016.
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2017
GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! Down in the right-hand corner of my computer screen, it tells me that its Friday, May 19 - which means that Memorial Day Weekend is just a week away! - how in the world did we make it from New Year's Day to Memorial Day in what seems to me to be like 15 minutes? When you figure that out, please give me a heads-up so I can better prepare for Christmas shopping! And that, of course, has me wondering what shows we'll be seeing during the next holiday season which, in turn, prompts me to ask the musical question: What's your favorite Christmas or holiday-themed stage offering?
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016
I'LL SAY SHE IS, the legendary musical comedy that was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers, originally opened 92 years ago today -- on May 19, 1924 at the 875-seat Casino Theatre on Broadway at 39th Street. It played for 313 performances before being lost to history. Thanks to Grouch Marx enthusiast Noah Diamond, I'LL SAY SHE IS will return to the stage in a historic new production at The Connelly Theater beginning previews May 28.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2020
HOVEY BURGESS, the internationally celebrated juggler, clown and circus performer will join the cast of Matt Roper's downtown variety show WILFREDO A GO GO this coming Monday night, 3/9 at the Slipper Room. Burgess will appear as 'the Polar Bare', in an act comprising the art-forms of circus, burlesque and comedy alongside his performance partner, Lil' Miss Lixx.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018
Truth is an illusion. Experience is subjective. And proof is in the eye of the beholder. We at The Brick believe only what we feel like believing and likely not even that. All news is fake news. Except for the news that proves my point. Join us for performances and art works full of hot takes, half-truths and exaggerations for you to believe, ignore and distrust at your pleasure.  All spectators will receive ten million dollars.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016
After selling out its initial run, I'LL SAY SHE IS, the legendary musical comedy that was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers, will extend its historic revival at The Connelly Theater through July 3.
by Michael Dale - Jun 17, 2016
The lost 1924 Marx Brothers vehicle has been reconstructed and mounted in a crisp and buoyant new production.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2017
A four-date whistle-stop tour has been announced by the British comedian Matt Roper, taking in Baltimore, Washington D.C, Richmond and Philadelphia later this month.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016
Ephemera invites you to immerse yourself in a dance theater experience featuring a scintillating love triangle, a completely original score, and sinfully delicious cocktails.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2019
Entertainers Frank Ferrante  (An Evening With Groucho) and Matt Roper (I'll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical)  number among the cast of Lakeshore Records release today of the studio album, a companion to the recently released graphic novel Giraffes on Horseback Salad.  Written by pop culture historian Josh Frank (Fool the World: An Oral History of The Pixies), the vividly illustrated book is based on a screenplay written in 1937 by famed Surrealist Salvador Dali as a potential movie for the Marx Brothers. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016
EPHEMERA: Dancing, Drinking, Debauchery. EPHEMERA invites you to immerse yourself in a dance theater experience featuring a scintillating love triangle, a completely original score, and sinfully delicious cocktails.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017
Gideon Media (a new venture from Gideon Productions, producers of the critically-acclaimed The Honeycomb Trilogy, Universal Robots, and Viral) in association with Tor Books & Tor Labs will present Steal the Stars, a noir science fiction thriller by Mac Rogers (award-winning writer of the global hit podcast thrillers, The Message and LifeAfter), released as 14 episodes, airing weekly from August 2 - November 1, 2017, and available worldwide on all major podcast distributors including iTunes, Stitcher, and GooglePlay through the Macmillan Podcast Network.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Hot Tramp Productions will present the World Premiere KYLE, written by Hollis James and directed by Emily Owens, March 9-25 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) with performances Thursdaythrough Saturday at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017
For one night only, Frank Ferrante will perform his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in An Evening With Groucho at Walnut Street Theatre. The performance that Variety called "a Tour de Force" will happen on the Mainstage on Monday, February 27. Ferrante is also performing in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at the Walnut, now through March 5.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018
A national tour of 26 cities in 18 states has been announced by the company of Tainted Cabaret, the downtown artist collective formed of burlesque starlet Ula Uberbusen (USA), the comedy performer Matt Roper (UK), circus artist Miss Ekaterina (Russia) and boylesque act James and the Giant Pasty (Canada)
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 8, 2016
This musical is everything a piece of musical theater ought to be. There is a little prologue with the character of Jean Shepherd. We know immediately who is whom and the exact nature of the piece's dramatic crux. Devotees of the movie will find much that is familiar, though there has been some rearrangement, extension, enhancement and addition. Dialogue flows as stage dialogue should: with snappy delivery, different voices and more wit than is common in Real Life. Musical numbers are lively and either reveal character or move the plot. Scene changes are rapid and full of children's holiday pagent-styled elements. Ralphie's home is an adorable cutaway dollhouse. The cast is energetic and charming. This production should satisfy fans of musical theater, fans of the movie, fans of holiday shows, fans of family-friendly entertainment and really anyone who isn't a Grinch or a Scrooge.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016
Molasses in January is a fun, new musical for all ages! Book, lyrics, and music by Francine Pellegrino, the recently workshopped show is being transferred to The Davenport Theatre Off Broadway. Director Whitney Stone will be returning to the production after directing it's two developmental workshops last fall at the Times Square Arts Center.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2017
The Secret Variety Society have announced a special "one-off" variety performance featuring the comedian Matt Roper, the singer-songwriter Sabrina Chap, and the magician The Great Dubini at the Slipper Room-the house of varieties on the Lower East Side-this Wednesday, 30th August at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
In 400 Years in Manhattan, 'recovering tour guide' Noah Diamond tells the story of the island of Manhattan, accompanied by an expansive multimedia presentation. Diamond, best known for his performance as Groucho Marx in the Off Broadway revival of I'll Say She Is, made his New York debut on a double-decker tour bus. 'That was my day job for years,' he says, 'and I always thought: What I'm really doing here is writing a show.'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016
Producer, Tim Hurley will present the world premiere of the new musical TAKE ONE by Jeff Ward, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Nathan W. Perry.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016
Producer Tim Hurley will present the world premiere of the new musical TAKE ONE by Jeff Ward, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Nathan W. Perry. TAKE ONE will begins performances on Sunday, August 21and run through Saturday August 27 at Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente (107 Suffolk Street, NYC). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting fringenyc.org.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017
Gideon Media (a new venture from Gideon Productions, producers of the critically-acclaimed The Honeycomb Trilogy, Universal Robots, and Viral) in association with Tor Books & Tor Labs will present Steal the Stars, a noir science fiction thriller by Mac Rogers (award-winning writer of the global hit podcast thrillers, The Message and LifeAfter), released as 14 episodes, airing weekly from August 2 - November 1, 2017, and available worldwide on all major podcast distributors including iTunes, Stitcher, and GooglePlay through the Macmillan Podcast Network.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019
Three of New York City's most beloved downtown acts join the comic singing sensation Wilfredo for the August edition of Wilfredo a Go Go! tonight. Circus artist Ellie Steingraeber, burlesque starlet Jenny C'est Quoi and hula-hooping sensation Pinkie Special are lined up to appear in the variety show produced and presented by the Slipper Room at 9pm.
by BroadwayWorld JR - Aug 1, 2017
Atlantic for Kids' 2017-2018 Season will open Saturday, September 16 with the family musical Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, inspired by Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine featuring music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons, lyrics and concept by Douglas Lyons, book by Melvin Tunstall III and direction by Tamilla Woodard.
by Sarah Hookey - Apr 9, 2019
Comedian, poet and author Rick Shapiro is to appear in his own show 'Restless' tonight at the Slipper Room in the Lower East Side. Shapiro, one of the most innovative and surreal comedic talents and a staple of the NYC and LA Underground comedy scene, began his career in the early 1980's performing stand-up at Catch A Rising Star on Broadway.
by Sarah Hookey - Apr 23, 2019
Rebel Playhouse is remounting their New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominated production of OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. This Equity Approved Showcase is co-produced by the 14th Street Yand is directed and choreographed by Rebel Playhouse Artistic Director Sarah Sutliff with musical direction by Dax Dupuy. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2019
Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to be remounting their New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominated** production of OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016
I'LL SAY SHE IS, the legendary musical comedy that was the Broadway debut of the Marx Brothers, will be seen in an historic new production at The Connelly Theater beginning previews May 28. Opening is slated for June 2.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017
Rebel Playhouse will present the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017
Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics byDax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Sutliffwith musical direction by Dax Dupuy,