July is a Lesser Known Musicals Month at Musical Cyberspace. By the end of the month, I will have posted 31 posts about 31 different lesser known musicals, simply for the pleasure of getting them, as they say, “out there. So, dear reader, I hope that you will enjoy exploring these musicals with me. If you have anything you’d like to add about any of these musicals at any time, head to the comment box! I’d love to hear what you think!
Animal Crackers is a musical comedy with a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, feacturing a score by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. A vehicle for the Marx Brothers, the musical premiered in 1928 and was filmed in 1930. The show isn’t quite forgotten and seems to have been trotted out for a major staging once a decade since the 1980s. In typical 1920s musical comedy fashion, the show focuses on the antics of the Marx Brothers as the guests of a party, held at the estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse in honour of the African explorer Captain Spaulding, set out to find out who has stolen a celebrated sculpture. Chaos ensues. The film version of the show is considered to be a comedy classic and in the hands of the right company, the show offers an entertaining trip back to a time when musical comedy ruled the roost on Broadway.
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