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An Evening with Groucho

Frank Ferrante's GROUCHO - The Live Stream Spectacular Now Available - (See document below for further details).

Award-winning actor and director Frank 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 Spalding,” 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. 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, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. A show perfect for all ages!

"What you give us on the stage is special.  Nobody can do what you do.  It's a surprising work of theatre artistry and watching you carries us back to the long line of true actors. For me you are an original and I appreciate the things you say about me.  But no one can do what you do.  It's a kind of shock to watch you because you are so good. Keep it going."- HAL HOLBROOK, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT



Frank Ferrante recently completed a critically acclaimed run directing and performing in Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre production of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors. Prior at the Walnut, he directed and played the lead role, Pseudolus, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum acknowledged by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten performances of 2017. 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) portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85. For this role, Frank earned New York’s Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. He reprised the role in London’s West End and at 24 was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for “Comedy Performance of the Year.” Frank played the Groucho role in the off-Broadway revival of The Cocoanuts and has played Captain Spalding in several productions of Animal Crackers, winning a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his portrayal at Goodspeed Opera House and a Helen Hayes nomination in Washington, DC at Arena Stage. In Boston, he played the Huntington Theatre in the record-breaking run of Animal Crackers that landed Frank on the cover of American Theatre Magazine. Frank has now performed the Groucho role over 3,000 times in more than 500 cities. Frank toured An Evening With Groucho for eight weeks in Australia playing 35 cities as well as extended runs at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In 2001, Frank directed, produced and starred in the national PBS television program Groucho: A Life in Revue. His other regional roles include Max Prince in Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor at the Walnut Street Theatre (which Frank also directed in 1997 and 2017); George S. Kaufman in By George (a one-man play written by Frank); Oscar in The Odd Couple and leads in The Sunshine Boys, Lady in the Dark and Anything Goes. Frank directed M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr in the Kaufman & Hart comedy George Washington Slept Here and at the Walnut revivals of Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound and Lost in Yonkers.  In 1995, he directed and developed the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Old Wicked Songs.  Since 2001, Frank has played over 1,500 performances as the comic Latin lover Caesar in the cirque/cabaret show Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle and San Francisco and opened the new ZinZanni venue in downtown Chicago. He also took the 'Caesar' role for an extended run in Amsterdam. On television, Frank played a speaking mime on Rob Corddry’s Emmy Award-winning comedy Childrens Hospital and can be heard on the animated series Garfield as the voice of Lyman, Odie’s first owner, and on SpongeBob SquarePants as Patrick’s boss. Frank stars in the web series Caesar’s World now viewable on Funny or Die. He is a question on the TV program Jeopardy. “He took his portrayal of Groucho Marx to New York in 1986.” The answer: “Who is Frank Ferrante?”


From Groucho Marx's Family and Friends:

"Nobody does Groucho better than Frank Ferrante." ~ Arthur Marx, Groucho's son and co-author of Groucho: A Life in Revue starring Frank Ferrante

"Frank doesn't just do Groucho...he is Groucho." ~ Miriam Marx Allen, Groucho's daughter

"Frank is the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended to be." ~ Morrie Ryskind, co-author of the Marx Brothers' hits The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera

Press Quotes:

"Nothing short of masterful" ~ The Chicago Tribune

“Artful...Mr. Ferrante's timing is digital sharp.” ~ The New York Times

" Ferrante does for Groucho...what Hal Holbrook does with his Mark Twain tribute: Channel a great American humorist." ~ The Seattle Times

"See this man. He is comic genius." ~ The Seattle Weekly

"What Mr. Ferrante offers is a re-creation accurate and rooted in character." ~ London Times

"Frank Ferrante won awards for his Broadway performance...and had I a bagful at my disposal right now I would send them right round to the theatre by special messenger." ~ London Daily Mail

"His comedy timing is right on cue." ~ Hollywood Reporter

"Ferrante's Groucho is a tour de force." ~ Variety

"An affectionate, funny and unsentimental portrait...a truly delightful show" ~ Hollywood Reporter