Music: Larry Grossman
Lyrics: Hal Hackady
Book: Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
Before Mama Rose there was Minnie, a super-Mom who was the driving force behind the famous Marx Brothers. A vaudeville performer herself, Minnie coaxed, pushed, pulled, and prodded the boys into their now-famous entity. Seldom seen but dearly loved, this Larry Grossman/Hal Hackady tuneful and infectious score takes us through the zany early years of the brothers as they get their start in burlesque. You know their films, but we bet you don’t know how it all started.
After an unusually long preview period of 64 performances, MINNIE’S BOYS opened in 1970 at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. The musical, which played a total of 80 regular performances, was directed by Stanley Prager and starred Shelley Winters and Lewis J. Stadlen. The score includes the standout ‘Mama A Rainbow.’