400 Years in Manhattan

Oct 2 2020 - 7:00pm
A multimedia program by Noah Diamond, presented as part of Freedonia Marxonia's 2020 theme, "New York City and the Marx Brothers"

General Admission

Like the children of millions of other immigrants, the Marx Brothers started their lives in Manhattan.  New York City is where the Brothers were born, spent their early childhoods, performed on vaudeville stages, starred in three Broadway musicals, filmed two movies, and associated with a variety of creative contemporaries.

To talk about the birthplace of the Marx Brothers, author, performer, and Marx Brothers expert Noah Diamond returns to Fredonia to present "400 Years in Manhattan."  Diamond was a New York City tour guide for several years.  From this experience, he wrote and developed this production, which tells the history of Manhattan with humor and affection.  "400 Years in Manhattan," directed by Amanda Sisk, had a successful run at the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, where it received the Best Educational Show Award.  This Freedonia Marxonia performance contains extra Marx Brothers content!

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Noah Diamond was the creative force behind the restoration and revival of the Marx Brothers' 1924 Broadway musical I'll Say She Is, also playing the role of Groucho in the 2014 FringeNYC and 2016 Off-Broadway productions.  He is the author of Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is, The Lost Marx Brothers Musical and How it was Found.  Diamond was an organizer of Marxfest, a month-long festival that included activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City in May 2014.  It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Marx Brothers adopting their "o" names.  He was the guest speaker at Freedonia Marxonia 2017, when he brought his delightful illustrated lecture, "The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929," to the Opera House.  Currently, he is a co-host of the Marx Brothers Council podcast.

Come to Fredonia's historic Opera House to see this innovative presentation, and learn about the history of New York City and the Marx Brothers - on Groucho Marx's 130th birthday!

Admission to the presentation is FREE (donations accepted to benefit the Opera House).

Noah Diamond's appearance in Fredonia is supported through the Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund and the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.  The Hahn Family funds Freedonia Marxonia, the annual festival that celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup, set in "Freedonia."