The Marx Brothers
Shows about the Marx Brothers


The Marx Brothers appear as characters in several plays. Some plays describe the life of the Brothers, others show them in the way the appear in the movies.

Minnie's Boys and Groucho - A Life in Revue are plays by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher that describe the life of Groucho and the Brothers.

Waiting for Groucho adds a fictious plot around the biographical information.

A Day in Hollywood - A Night in the Ukraine by Dick Vosburgh, A Night in Elsinore by Richard Nathan and A Night in Society by Robert Furr use characters of Marxian style.

Ruhe am Set! by Alexander Kuchinka (writer, music) and Sam Madwar (writer) is the story of a vaudeville Marx Brothers show being turned into a movie in the early days of sound movies.

The Doppel Gang by Dominic Hodges follows a group of hopeless entertainers during the Blitz. They devise a plan to save their theatre from closure, by masquerading as The Marx Brothers. (Photos by Tom Barker)

For Piano and Harpo by Dan Castellaneta tells a story about how Oscar Levant finds himself in the Psych Ward of Mt. Sinai Hospital and moves in with his only friend, Harpo Marx.

Publicity photo from 'A Night In Elsinore'.
Michael Peros and Carl Fortunato in A Night In Elsinore
Check out the "The Play's the Thing Theatre Company" Presents A Night In Elsinore page.

Minnie's Boys

a musical about the Marx Family

Written by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
Music and lyrics by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady
Marvin Hamlisch did the incidental music
Groucho is credited as 'Production Consultant'

Opening at the Imperial Theater in NY on March 26, 1970
Groucho was played by Lewis J. Stadlen, who was a regular on BENSON for a while, toured in a one-man Groucho show, and is still active in NY
Shelley Winters played Minnie

Cast recording was made on Mothers Day (!) 1970
CD by Project 3 Records SPRD 6002 JJ

In one of the bio's, Groucho is reported to have said to the cast after the NY opening, "Well, kids, we're finally home -- and home is where I'm going. This is amateur night." Not exactly a rousing curtain speech, but that was Groucho.
In ´The Groucho Phile´ Groucho is reported to have said to Lewis J. Stadlen that "he (Stadlen) was better than I (Groucho) ever was ... and younger."

This site uses material originally created by Frank Bland for his website Why A Duck?. Frank did kindly give me permission to use this material.

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