Academics

Frank Ferrante presents "An Evening with Groucho" at Wisconsin Lutheran College

January 11, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Frank Ferrante, actor, director and producer, presents "An Evening with Groucho" January 27-28 at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall. Ferrante's two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho Marx one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding" and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way through the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Jim Furmston, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of his brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, and also film greats Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields and Greta Garbo.

Discovered by Groucho's son Arthur Marx when Ferrante was a drama student at the University of Southern California, he originated the off-Broadway title role of Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur) portraying the comedian from age 15-85. For this role, Ferrante won New York's Theatre World Award in 1987 and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. Ferrante went on to have a busy career in theatre, performing in everything from Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor to The Odd Couple to Biloxi Blues. In 2001, Ferrante directed, produced and starred in the national PBS television program based on his off-Broadway Groucho show.

"An Evening with Groucho" is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $22 general, $20 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit wlc.edu/arts.

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.