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Animal Crackers - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Animal Crackers

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

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

11m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573681370

Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
"Delicious...A nonstop riot - a profusion of puns, gags, and hysteria with only an occasional pause (or maybe, gasp) for breath." - The Washington Tribune

"The 1928 Marx Brothers' Broadway musical, lovingly reassembled by Arena Stage...is …

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Period, Romantic Comedy

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

Appropriate for all audiences

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 Washington's Arena Stage. Audiences flocked as critics from coast to coast applauded the antics of Captain Spalding and company at Mrs. Rittenhouse's ritzy weekend gathering.
"Delicious...A nonstop riot" - a profusion of puns, gags, and hysteria with only an occasional pause (or maybe, gasp) for breath. - The Washington Tribune

"The 1928 Marx Brothers' Broadway musical, lovingly reassembled by Arena Stage...is called Animal Crackers. But you might just as well call it bonkers!...Check your rationality at the door. Disorder is the order of the evening, and lowbrow humor is its high calling." - Washington Post

Characters

CASTING

11m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

HIVES
MRS. RITTENHOUSE
M. DOUCET
ARABELLA RITTENHOUSE
MRS. WHITEHEAD
GRACE CARPENTER
WALLY WINSTOR
JOHN PARKER
ROSCOE W. CHANDLER
SCOUTS
HAREM GIRLS
CAPTAIN JEFFREY T. SPALDING
HORATIO JAMISON
EMANUEL RAVELLI
THE PROFESSOR
MARY STEWART
SGT. HENNESSY
SECOND POLICEMAN
DREAM DANCER
ENSEMBLE
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

15 Keyboard/Conductor Scores

Drums
Bass Guitar
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

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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