Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  11m, 5f

"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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    Cast Size

    11m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Setting: The Long Island estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse. The summer before the crash of 1929.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

11m, 5f
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
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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 ...

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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 Broth ...

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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 ...

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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 servi ...

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