After a long period of wishing I had a show to work on, I'm suddenly working on two: one for the stage, one for the… https://t.co/qQQJ3HhET9
Like most artists, I've had a lot of day jobs. But none has impacted me more than my long experience as a New York City Tour Guide. The bulk of my tour-guiding career took place between 1998 and 2007, but I've done it as recently as 2018, and at this point I must concede that it could happen again at any time. Every so often I just wake up on a double-decker bus with a microphone in my hand, no matter how hard I try not to. During my early tour guide adventures (under the auspices of the now-defunct, much-reviled New York Apple Tours), while flying through the city and freestyling narration into a microphone, I often thought: What I’m really doing here is developing material for a solo show . . .
Take my walking tour…and help send 400 years in manhattan to the united solo festival!
Sisk and I are delighted to announce that 400 Years in Manhattan has been selected to appear in the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival!
As part of the festival, the show will receive up to eight performances this fall at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. We’ve been hard at work on the new 400 Years for a while now, and since getting this good news, we’re even more eager to keep working. But first, we have to come up with the $745 participation fee. And so, I’m hoping to pay for 400 Years in Manhattan in the same way I developed its content: by working as a tour guide!
On Saturday, June 1, I'll present an eclectic and personal walking tour entitled "One Day in Manhattan."
UPDATE: The June 1 tour has sold out. we’re adding a second tour on June 15 — tickets available now!
This adventure will take us to locations real, imaginary, and long-gone. Partly, it'll be a preview of the themes of 400 Years in Manhattan: the centuries of relentless change, the nature of life on a tiny island, and the experience of working as a professional New York storyteller. But we'll venture beyond the scope of 400 Years, too, and examine the relics of other dreams. Friends of the Marx Brothers will not be disappointed.
As with any walking tour in Manhattan, only a limited number of tickets are available. Pick ‘em up now, why don’t ya, and help us get to 42nd Street!
Thank you, as ever,
THe MARX BROTHERS COUNCIL PODCAST
MONTHLY MARXIAN MUSINGS
Matthew Coniam, Bob Gassel, and I must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.
cobra kai and the aesthetics of fan service
Even in an age which has offered us a fresh glimpse of Mad Man Mooney's and a Star Wars film featuring Hamill, Fisher, and Ford, the sheer unlikeliness of Cobra Kai is fascinating.
THE RADIO SHOW PROGRAM
EPISODE ONE: THE EXCITING CONCLUSION
Listen to the pilot episode of The Radio Show Program, 48 minutes of strangeness from Amanda Sisk and Noah Diamond.
Before their film career, the Marx Brothers were the stars of three Broadway musicals. Two of these, The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, became the first two Marx Brothers movies, and are regularly revived on stage. But their 1924 Broadway debut, I'll Say She Is, was lost to history, unseen since the Marxes delivered its final performance in 1925.
I spent several years researching, restoring, and adapting the book and score of this lost masterpiece. These efforts resulted in a series of staged readings at Marxfest, a workshop production at the New York International Fringe Festival, and an acclaimed Off Broadway productionat the Connelly Theater in 2016.
In anticipation of the upcoming expanded edition of Gimme a Thrill, you can read some of my thoughts and feelings about the historic 2016 Off Broadway production in these essays:
Also, visit the press page.
Cover photo: Matt Walters, Matt Roper, Noah Diamond, Melody Jane, and Seth Shelden in the 2016 Off Broadway production of I'll Say She Is. Photo by Mark X. Hopkins.
Love Marches On is a Broadway saga in comic strips. The story is set in and around Times Square, in the years 1925 and 1975. The book contains the complete daily strips and Sunday broadsheets, plus a rich archive of artifacts which expand the world of the story.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST EIGHT WEEKS OF LOVE MARCHES ON COMICS FOR FREE, RIGHT NOW! Sorry, the caps lock was stuck. But think of it -- the first 59 installments, yours! This is plainly a trick, to get you to buy the book, to get the rest of the story. Fall for our little scheme now!
"I LAUGHED, I CRIED, I CONFRONTED THE ABSURDITY OF THE HUMAN CONDITION!" - Rita Rice
"Noah Diamond plays Groucho, and he might as well be Groucho." - Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Diamond's Groucho is genuinely uncanny, capturing the subtle truth of Groucho's voice." - Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
"Absolutely perfect! We've seen Groucho imitators in the past. We've seen Lewis J. Stadlen in Minnie's Boys. We've seen Frank Ferrante making a genuine career out of it, for a long time. And here is the third jewel in the triple crown." - Peter Filichia, Broadway Radio
I have a long history of playing my hero, Groucho Marx, both on and off the stage. In addition to countless party, variety, and cabaret appearances, I have donned the tails and greasepaint in productions of Animal Crackers, Groucho on the Air, Music of the Marx Brothers, and especially I'll Say She Is, the first-ever revival of the Marx Brothers' long-lost 1924 masterpiece.
I'm a compulsively creative person whose life is devoted mostly to an endless series of projects. Elsewhere on this site, you can find out all about my various pursuits in theatre, literature, and music.
In addition to my own projects, I spend a good deal of time working on other people's projects as a freelancer. I work as a writer, performer, tour guide, and public speaker for hire. I've also worked extensively as a visual artist and graphic designer, including ongoing work as the resident designer for Max Merchandising, a leading creator of apparel, publications, and souvenirs for Broadway shows and other cultural events.
THE NERO FIDDLED MUSICALS
a series of political satires written and produced
by Noah Diamond and Amanda Sisk
Photo: Noah Diamond, Sadrina Renee, and Amanda Sisk in Life After Bush. Photo by Tor-Evert Johanssen.