“My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.” Groucho Marx
June 26, 2017
MARGATE, FL: Julius, Adolph, Herbie, Leo, and Milton – names that are not at all familiar in the American comedic lexicon. However, almost any mention of Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, and Gummo will immediately elicit nods of recognition, and in most cases happy smiles. Broward Stage Door Theatre will present the musical Minnie’s Boys – the tale of how the sons of Minnie Marx became The Marx Brothers – one of the most beloved and respected comedy acts in history. Minnie’s Boys will open on June 30th and run through August 6th in Stage Door’s Theatre 2.
Based on the works of Groucho’s son, Arthur Marx, Minnie’s Boys is a song-filledcelebration of the Marx Brothers’ early years – the beginning of their rise to fame and fortune. But it is really the story of their mother, Minnie Marx, who shaped, molded, encouraged, cajoled, pushed and pulled them towards their eventual – and in her mind – inevitable success.
Peter J. Loewy will direct and choreograph Minnie’s Boys. Loewy has directed the show before – at his own Fourm Theater in Metuchen, New Jersey; he recently directed Stage Door’s Carbonell-recommended production of Nine: “I love this show,” he says. It’s rarely done. It has a great score by Larry Grossman, and it’s full of humor and heart.”
Loewy has cast Melody Lieberman as Minnie Marx, Jonathan Eisele as Julie Marx (Groucho), Michael Brown as Adolph Marx (Harpo), Will Nash Broyles as Leonard Marx (Chico), R. J. Magee as Herbie Marx (Zeppo), Steddy Amory as Milton Marx (Gummo), and Ben Prayz as Sam “Frenchie” Marx. Also in the cast are Matthew Korinko, Sean Dorazio, Whitney Grace, Hilleah Neve, Ellie Pattison, Caterina Randazzo, and Ashlley Rodriguez.
Dave Nagy is the show’s musical director, and Kevin Black will assist Loewy with the choreography. Minnie’s Boys’ set design is by Michael McClain, lighting design is by Dean Landhuis, sound design by Rushnay Henry, costumes by Jerry Sturdefant, and Paul O’Donnell takes care of operations. The show’s stage manager is Nancy Clay.
Minnie’s Boys will run from June 30 – August 6 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.
Tickets for Minnie’s Boys are $48. (Student prices are also available with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.
For more information about Minnie’s Boys and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244).
June 30 – August 6
Book by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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