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 hopefully help make it an annual NYC event.
Hello, I must be going to these remaining Marxfest events:
Thursday, May 22 @2pm: A Day At The Races, New York Public Library Epiphany Branch, 228 East 23rd Street at Second Ave.
- Catch a FREE screening of The Marx Brother’s 1935 film A Day at The Races. Produced and directed by Sam wood, this comedy set in the world of horse racing co-stars Maureen O’Sullivan and Margaret Dumont. 109 minutes.
Thursday, May 22 @ 8pm: Duck Soup, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
- The 1933 Marx Brothers masterpiece, screened in style at one of the city’s premier cultural institutions. Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.This anarchic comedy was directed by Leo McCarey and co-stars Margaret Dumont. 68 minutes. Admission: $12 (tickets on sale now).
Friday, May 23 at 8pm & Sunday, May 25 @ 5pm: I’ll Say She Is, Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street
- The 1924 Broadway musical debut of the Marx Brothers returns to the New York stage for the first time in 90 years. Book and lyrics adapted by Noah Diamond. Produced and directed by Trav S.D. Admission: $25 (includes two beverages). Note: Sunday performance will be followed by a panel discussion.
Thursday, May 29 @2pm: Horse Feathers, New York Public Library Epiphany Branch, 228 East 23rd Street at Second Ave.
- Catch a FREE screening of The Marx Brother’s 1932 college football comedy Horse Feathers. Directed by Norman Z. MacLeod, co-starring Thelma Todd. 68 minutes.
Thursday May 29 @6:30pm We’re All Mad Here: The Marx Brothers in Context, Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue
- Trav S.D. discusses the vaudeville origins of the Marx Brothers, introducing listeners to the many performers who inspired the team and paved the way for their unique style of performance. The talk will also feature many similar comedians and teams who were contemporaries of the Marx Brothers, and the legacy of these comedians on later generations.
Saturday, May 31 @ noon: The Algonquin Round Table and Marx Brothers Walking Tour, Begins at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44th Street
- Harpo Marx was a member of the “Vicious Circle” that met at the Algonquin Hotel, and this walking tour will take in the locations of the 1920s of Jazz Age Manhattan. Follow in the footsteps of the Marx Brothers, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber and visit the former speakeasies, Broadway playhouses, and landmarks associated with this colorful cast. Walk is led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society and author of Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide. Admission: $20.
Saturday, May 31 @ 8pm: The Marx Brothers Speakeasy Party with Wit’s End, Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street
- A month of Marx comes to an end with New York’s finest vintage speakeasy Come dressed in your best 1920s-1930s vintage or vintage-inspired clothes as we celebrate in style with hot jazz, classic cocktails, and Jazz Appropriate for 21+. Admission: $12.
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 has finished this posting of the remaining events of the Marxfest schedule.