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'Lost' Marx Brothers Broadway Musical Back After 90 Years

by Jon Sobel   Apr 13, 2014 17:43 PM EDT

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Before the nutty comedy films, long before You Bet Your Life, and before Groucho-glasses masks became costume party staples everywhere, the Marx Brothers were stars on Broadway. In fact, The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers began life as Broadway musicals.

But the actual 1924 Broadway debut of Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo, I'll Say She Is, was never filmed. It has never gotten a stage revival.

No one's seen it for 90 years.

That'll change next month. MarxFest, billed as New York's first Marx Brothers festival, will include two full-length readings of a new reconstruction of I'll Say She Is, Friday, May 23 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 25 at 5 pm. A fuller production is planned for this summer or fall.

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