If you are a fan of the Marx Brothers – and who isn’t – celebrate the 100th anniversary of the zany fab four brothers with a month of special movie screenings, walks, talks and more, even a dog parade past their childhood home.
The Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Gummo – were native New Yorkers who started in vaudeville and Broadway before moving on to films, TV and legend. Marxfest has been organized by group of dedicated Marx Brothers fans, including a sprinkling of Marx Brothers relatives.
All tickets are available through the Marxfest website, which will help support the festival, and perhaps help make it an annual NYC event.
Hello, I must be going to these Marxfest events through next weekend:
Friday, May 9 at 11PM: The Music of the Marx Brothers at 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, $25-$35
- The best songs from the Marx Brothers’ movies, stage shows, vaudeville days, and radio broadcasts. Join Bill Zeffiro (The Road to Ruin, MAC award winner), Gelber & Manning (those vaudeville lovebirds from Brooklyn), Marissa Mulder, plus special guests. Go back to the era of Wonderful Nonsense for an evening of fantastic music, laughter, and those famous Marx Brothers zingers.
Sunday, May 11 at 4PM: Dr. Sketchy’s MarxFest: at The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street. Adults 21+ only. Admission: $12.
- Worldwide phenomenon anti-art school Dr. Sketchy’s joins Marxfest. This special session features the stars of Pinchbottom’s The Bawdy House, modeling for your sketching pleasure.
Thursday, May 15 at 2PM: FREE screening of Room Service at New York Public Library Epiphany Branch, 228 East 23rd Street at Second Ave.
- This zany 1938 film co-stars Lucille Ball and Ann Miller. Directed by William A. Seiter, the plot revolves around a group of thespians who are trying get a play funded while evading paying their hotel bill. 78 mins. But the plot doesn’t matter. It’s just an excuse for zingy one-liners and general chaos that will have you exit laughing.
Thursdays May 15 & 22 @ 8pm and Sunday, May 18 at 8pm: The Pinch Brothers in The Bawdy House at Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street. Adults Only. Admission starts at $29 (includes two beverages).
- When the Pinch Brothers are hired to save an ailing theater, they turn it into a BAWDY HOUSE, complete with ribald comedy, risqué magic, and of course, burlesque! But on opening night, everything goes wrong — buttons keep popping, pants keep dropping, and the schtick keeps getting schtickier. Can this Marx Brothers-inspired crew of reprobates get through the show with their clothes intact? Not a chance.
Saturday May 17 at 10AM: Barx Brothers Dogwalk: Meet outside Marx Brothers Playground, Yorkville, Manhattan. FREE and appropriate for all ages.
- Dress your pooch like one of the brothers and parade them around the Brothers’ boyhood streets in this all-ages canine masquerade.
Saturday, May 17 at noon: The Marxes of Yorkville: 96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street, Yorkville, FREE
- A multimedia presentation and talk by noted Marxist Noah Diamond, covering the Brothers’ childhood in Yorkville. The event will include selected readings from Groucho’s and Harpo’s memoirs, and details about the “Save Marx Brothers Place” effort to have the boys’ childhood home declared an official New York City landmark.
Saturday, May 17 at 10pm: You Bet Your Ass at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St. Tickets: $14.99 in advance, $19.99 at the door.
- Inspired by Groucho’s famous TV comedy game show, this night of high jinx starring that famous old-school comedian with the painted-on mustach… Mr. Showbiz himself, Murray Hill. After being interviewed by Murray, contestants compete to win 1950s-level cash prizes in this saucy live game show, complete with “commercial breaks” featuring performances by top burlesque stars.
Click here for a brief history of the Marx Brothers and the celebration called Marxfest, in the newspaper The Jewish Voice.
The party of the first part will have the second part of the schedule next week.