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The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts
Legendary comedian, Groucho Marx, comes back to hilarious life on October 17 at 8pm when acclaimed Broadway actor, Frank Ferrante brings An Evening with Groucho to Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spaulding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style, bringing some of them onstage.
“We’ve had several shows at The Reg which involve audience participation.” says Len Barry, Director of Marketing & Communications, “Slapstick Sonata, The Jason Bishop Show and the recent Sing Along with The Muppet Movie all used audience members in fun, memorable ways, breaking the fourth wall.”
Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. Ferrante won the 1987 Theatre World Award for playing Marx and has been endorsed for his portrayal by Morrie Ryskind – the co-writer of the Marx Brothers movies, The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera. Groucho’s children Arthur and Miriam have also praised Ferrante.
To celebrate what would have been Groucho’s 125th birthday in October, The Reg will also show The Marx Brothers film, Room Service on October 3 at 8pm. The movie also features an early performance from Jamestown-born comedienne and television pioneer, Lucille Ball. Patrons who purchase tickets to An Evening with Groucho will get free tickets to Room Service.
Tickets for An Evening with Groucho are $10, 20 and $25 for students and $15, 20 and $25 for adults. The next Reg Presents live event is the music group, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem performing American Spiritual on November 21.
To get your seat to the “Showplace of the Chautauqua Region”, call 716.484.7070, buy online at reglenna.com or visit us at 116 E. 3rd St. in Jamestown, NY. Box office hours are 10am until 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, 10am until 2pm on Saturday and one hour before each performance. Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is your event home here in the heart of the Southern Tier.