THE MARX BROTHERS MUSICAL

ANIMAL CRACKERS

June 26 – July 13
Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Choreographed by John Carrafa
Physical Comedy Direction by Paul Kalina
Adapted and Directed by Henry Wishcamper 

Hooray for Captain Spaulding!  The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief. This new interpretation of the Marx Brothers' hit Broadway musical and classic film overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick.

Sponsored by Rhoda R. Herrick

GREAT FOR CHILDREN EIGHT AND UP!  KIDS' TICKETS ARE 1/2 PRICE (WITH ADULT TICKET PURCHASE) FOR ALL PERFORMANCES AND FREE ON FRIDAY NIGHTS. CALL THE BOX OFFICE FOR DETAILS. 

Cast

Brad Aldous
Adam Chanler-Berat
Jonathan Brody
Mara Davi
Renee Elise Goldsberry
Ellen Harvey
Jacob Ming-Trent
Joey Slotnick
Joey Sorge

 

 

 

Cast

Scene Design | Robin Vest
Costume Design | Jenny Mannis
Lighting Design | Matthew Richards
Sound Design | Drew Levy
Musical Director | Kris Kukul

 

Press and Media

“SUBLIME WACKINESS...a deeply funny, tuneful, gorgeously realized evening of theater.”  |  ALBANY TIMES UNION

“ANIMAL CRACKERS is brilliant mischief...a fantastic feel-good musical that brought the house down.”  |  BROADWAY WORLD

"Two hours of great fun and near-perfect summer theater for the entire family"  |  ARTS FUSE

"Captures the Marx Brothers in all their chaotic zaniness...it’s easy to surrender oneself to the joy and talent that parades here onstage.  |  THE ROGOVOY REPORT

"Smartly staged, sung, danced, crafted, played, and, most importantly, moved...something for everyone of any age who loves to laugh long and hard and clear..."  |  METROLAND

“A giddy celebration of those days when musical comedies were first and foremost funny, and that slapstick and nonsense have an enduring role to play on stage”  |  EXAMINER.COM

"Hailed by the festival as "family-friendly" and great fun for kids, I decided to put those claims to the test by bringing my 8-year-old son along for the show. Not only does the claim hold up, but for days afterward, he regaled anyone who would listen (and could understand him through his fits of laughter) with re-enactments of Harpo's antics or his recollections of Groucho's zingers." | NORTH ADAMS TRANSCRIPT