Running time: 90 min
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante portrays legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray For Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.
Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont, and MGM's Louis B. Mayer. A PBS, New York, and London-acclaimed show perfect for all ages.
Photo: Courtesy of Frank Ferrante
Evan Christian Anderson
Ben Radin and Dominic Iacono
Central Heating Lab Technician
Frank Ferrante (Groucho/Writer) Discovered by Groucho’s son Arthur when he was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Frank originated the off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85. For this role, Frank earned New York’s Theatre World Award and an NY Outer Critics Circle nomination. He reprised the role in London and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award. Other regional roles include Max Prince in Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor (which Frank also directed); George S. Kaufman in By George (a one-man play written by Frank); and leads in The Sunshine Boys, The Odd Couple, Lady in the Dark, and Anything Goes. Frank directed M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr in the Kaufman & Hart comedy George Washington Slept Here and revivals of Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers. In 1995, he directed the world premiere of Pulitzer finalist Old Wicked Songs. In 2001, Frank produced and starred in the national PBS television program Groucho: A Life in Revue. For 15 years, Frank has starred as ‘Caesar’ in the cirque show Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco and Seattle and returns February, 2015. On TV, Frank guest-starred on Rob Corddry’s Emmy Award-winning Childrens Hospital as a speaking mime and was a question on the TV's Jeopardy. Frank just returned from a four week Australian tour of An Evening With Groucho. For more information visit www.eveningwithgroucho.com.
Mark Rabe (Pianist) has been music directing & playing piano—as well as occasionally acting and singing—in the Seattle music theatre world and cabaret scene for over 25 years. He has music directed scores of shows, including Goblin Market at ACT (back in ‘99); Oh, Coward! at Seattle Rep; a dozen shows for Seattle Children’s Theatre; more than a dozen productions for Showtunes Theatre (including Falsettos and Singin’ In The Rain at the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya); and many at C.L.O. As an actor, he has twice played Cosme McMoon inSouvenir, for Actor’s Rep in Spokane, and for 2nd Story Repertory in Redmond; also Arthur in Camelot, Max in Lend Me A Tenor, and Hamlet (an independent production in ‘03, Pre-Central Heating Lab). Other favorite venues over the years include Benaroya Hall, Village Theatre, Cabaret Crepe de Paris, Thumper’s Oak Room, and Civic Light Opera.
Dreya Weber (Director) produced and starred in feature films The Gymnast and A Marine Story, which received 48 combined awards at festivals internationally including seven ‘Best Actress’ honors. Stage credits: As You Like It, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Vivien Leigh in Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (West Coast Premiere, winner Garland, Ovation, and LADCC awards), Comedy Of Errors (NYSF), Childhood (with Glenn Close), Inadmissible Evidence (Roundabout), and Macbeth (Circle in the Square). Dreya conceived and choreographed Pink’s Glitter In The Air and Try, for the 2010 and 2014 Grammy's, and was a creative contributor for Michael Jackson’s This is It. Tours: Perry, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Madonna, Pink, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Kylie Minogue. Recently Dreya co-directed and starred in the independent feature Raven’s Touch. Dreya is currently starring in Teatro ZinZanni’s When Sparks Fly.
GROUCHO MARX (LEGEND) The New York Times summed up the comedy genius as “America’s most gifted funny man.”
Born Julius Henry Marx on October 2, 1890, Groucho was the third of five sons born to poor immigrant parents Sam and Minnie Marx. Chico and Harpo preceded him. Gummo and Zeppo followed. Straight from the streets of New York’s upper Eastside, Groucho was thrust onstage at age 15 as one third of the singing Leroy Trio. Eventually, brothers Harpo, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo joined the act that began as the singing Four Nightingales and evolved into the world’s funniest vaudeville act known as the Marx Brothers.
After twenty years of touring their act all over the country, the Marx Brothers finally hit pay dirt with a musical comedy called I’ll Say She Is. Audiences and critics went wild over the brothers’ irreverent humor, the expert pantomime, the wisecracks, the physical shtick, the outrageous musical talent. Said one local Philadelphia critic about the show, “It was as if a tornado hit town. We’ve never seen anything like the Marx Brothers.” I’ll Say She Is moved to Broadway in 1924 and was an instant sensation legitimizing the Marx Brothers as world-class talents. Two more Broadway hits followed The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers introducing audiences to Groucho’s most renowned incarnation—Captain Spalding, the African Explorer.
In 1930, Groucho and his brothers moved to Hollywood and changed the face of film comedy forever. There they made Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West, The Big Store, A Night in Casablanca, and Love Happy between 1931 and 1949. The Four Marx Brothers appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1932.
As a solo, Groucho launched a career on radio and television with his Emmy Award winning work as the host of the comedy quiz show You Bet Your Life. The show flourished for fourteen highly rated seasons from1947 to 1961 on ABC radio then NBC television. Groucho was a major fixture in 1950’s television with his “secret woid” and a duck that dropped from the sky to pay wacky contestants “an extra hundred dollars.” In the late 1960’s, a renewed interest in the anarchic hijinks of the Marx Brothers swept across the nation—particularly among college age students. Fortunately, Groucho Marx survived long enough to experience his renaissance. He made TV appearances, performed at Carnegie Hall at age 82, and received a special Academy Award in 1974 for “the brilliant and unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers.” On August 19, 1977 Groucho Marx died at age 86. His final request? “Bury me next to Marilyn Monroe.”