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Animal Crackers (Wishcamper Adaptation)  - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Animal Crackers (Wishcamper Adaptation)

Bert Kalmar, George S. Kaufman, Harry Ruby, Morrie Ryskind, Henry Wishcamper

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

6m, 3f

ISBN: MS00000000550

Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Adapted by Henry Wishcamper
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Period, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - The Long Island estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse. The summer before the crash of 1929.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

This hallmark of Marx Brothers lunacy was revived on stage by Chicago’s Goodman Theater and the Williamstown Theater Festival among others. Audiences flocked as critics applauded the antics of Captain Spalding and company at Mrs. Rittenhouse's ritzy weekend gathering.
“The sleight of hand on display in the Goodman’s revival of this 1928 Marx Brothers vehicle is staggering, and that’s not even counting Harpo’s card tricks. Wishcamper’s innovation is to whittle the cast down to a hardworking ensemble of nine, all of whom double or triple. The conceit turns the show into a high-stakes game of three-card monte, effectively intensifying the farce.”  – Time Out Chicago

“There are moments in 'Animal Crackers,' the gloriously daffy revival of the Marx Brothers’ Vaudeville-era musical that opens the Williamstown Theatre Festival season, when you feel you just might be coming unhinged from reality. The inspired lunacy on the stage, boosted by surreal patter from Joey Slotnick in the Groucho role, achieves the levity and perfect balance of great animation.” – Albany Times Union

“The great strength of capable young director Henry Wishcapmer’s enjoyable and confident new version of this show is that it celebrates its quirky original milieu, rather than add layers of modern, deconstructive comic tension.” - The Chicago Tribune
"If you treasure the Marx Brothers, you're gonna treasure Animal Crackers. Guided by director Henry Wishcamper, the Goodman Theatre re-creates the Marx Brothers as a showbiz act (or phenomenon, rather) and also a period musical comedy, nailing them both." - Windy City Times 

"...
Crackers is pure pleasure: Like Harpo, it’s always got another ace up its sleeve." - Time Out Chicago

"
Adapter/Director Henry Wishcamper has given Chicago a living, breathing, in-this-moment comedy on a grand scale. Animal Crackers at the Goodman Theatre is, simply put, the finest production of musical comedy that I have ever seen. 4 STARS." - Chicago Theatre Review
Henry Wishcamper's adaptation of Animal Crackers premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in September, 2009. 
Characters

CASTING

6m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Small

HIVES, CHANDLER, ET AL.
MRS. RITTENHOUSE, ET AL.
M. DOUCET, WALLY WINSTON, ET AL.
ARABELLA RITTENHOUSE, MRS. WHITEHEAD, ET AL.
GRACE CARPENTER, MARY, ET AL.
JOHN PARKER, HORATIO JAMISON, ET AL.
CAPTAIN JEFFREY T. SPALDING, ET AL.
EMANUEL RAVELLI, ET AL.
THE PROFESSOR, ET AL.
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Author(s)
Bert Kalmar

Bert Kalmar

Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby’s collaboration spanned from the 1920s to 1940s, and took them from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and eventually to Hollywood. Born in New York in 1884, Kalmar performed as a magician in tent shows and in vaudeville before founding a music publishing company. Born in New York in 1895, Ruby made a living as a pianist on the vaudeville circuit until Kalmar hired him to ... view full profile

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George S.  Kaufman

George S. Kaufman

George S. Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a brief career as a ribbon salesman, he contributed to the satirical newspaper column of Franklin P. Adams (“F.P.A.”) in the New York Evening Mail; on Adams’ recommendation, he was given a column of his own in the Washington Times in 1912. While serving as a drama critic for The New York Times, he had his first success as a ... view full profile

Harry Ruby

Harry Ruby

Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby’s collaboration spanned from the 1920s to 1940s, and took them from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and eventually to Hollywood. Born in New York in 1884, Kalmar performed as a magician in tent shows and in vaudeville before founding a music publishing company. Born in New York in 1895, Ruby made a living as a pianist on the vaudeville circuit until Kalmar hired him to ... view full profile

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Morrie Ryskind

A leading playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and director, Morrie Ryskind collaborated on a number of the most celebrated Broadway shows and films of the 1920s and ’30s. With George S. Kaufman he co-wrote the librettos for the stage version of Animal Crackers (1928) then wrote the screenplays for four Marx Brothers films: Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), A Night at the Opera (1935) ... view full profile

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