- One ticket to see An Evening with Groucho
- When: March 28–30
- Where: Queens Theatre
- Section: orchestra (indicated in orange)
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- $25 for a Friday performance (up to $44 value)
- $29 for a Saturday or Sunday performance (up to $51 value)
An Evening with Groucho
His bushy mop of hair and thick, greasepaint eyebrows and mustache nearly seal the deal before he even moves. But when Frank Ferrante lopes to center stage, a long cigar clasped between his teeth and his back stooped just so, even an eagle-eyed audience member might think they were watching Groucho Marx in his prime. They wouldn’t be the only ones—hand-picked to play Marx by the comedian’s son, Ferrante puts on a performance that moved Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune to rave “Frank Ferrante is as good an interpreter of the live Groucho Marx experience as you can find.” In his 90-minute one-man show, Ferrante mimics the great comedian’s jokes, songs, and ad-libbed one-liner, spreading his infectious energy and necessitating a CDC administration of warm milk.
Originally constructed as part of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, Queens Theatre was first known as the Theaterama. The then-cinema sat between the space-age Astro-View towers and the Tent of Tomorrow, attracting attention with a facade sporting towering works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ellsworth Kelly. The fair ended in a puff of popcorn dust, but the theater went on—after being spared the wrecking ball, the space served as a movie theater and live entertainment venue before a $4 million renovation in 1989 buffed the diamond in the rough it to its present gleam. Today, Queens Theatre boasts an eclectic schedule of live programming, from theatrical performances to concerts. The theater also supports the local creative community, hosting the annual Latino Cultural Festival and fostering the talent of up-and-coming artists through its new play development program.