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Is it Frank Ferrante or is it Groucho Marx?

NewsPreview October 25, 2015 Encore Staff

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante will recreate his PBS, New York and London portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in a fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 p.m.

The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience will becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film, and reacquaints us with brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, as well as Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Marx foil Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer.

“Nobody does Groucho better than Frank Ferrante” –Arthur Marx, Groucho’s son.

Frank Ferrante is an actor, director, and producer described by The New York Times as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.” Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera co-author Morrie Ryskind called him “the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended.” Discovered by Groucho’s son Arthur when Frank was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Frank originated the off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur Marx) portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85.

For more information on Frank Ferrante’s Groucho, log on to www.grouchoworld.com.

Week of 11/27/2023

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