Photo: Liberty Enlightening the World, by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, New York City. Photo by N.D.
THe MARX BROTHERS COUNCIL PODCAST
MONTHLY MARXIAN MUSINGS
Matthew Coniam, Bob Gassel, and I must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.
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.