Time for Elizabeth

Time for Elizabeth is a 1948 play written by Norman Krasna and Groucho Marx.[1]

Time for Elizabeth
Written byNorman Krasna
Groucho Marx
Date premiered1948
Original languageEnglish

Krasna and Marx were good friends and Krasna says writing it took 10-15 years.[2]

The original Broadway production was directed by Krasna, and starred Otto Kruger. Opening at the Fulton Theatre, it only ran for eight performances, from September 27 to October 2, 1948.[3] The reviews were universally bad, with Brooks Atkinson at The New York Times writing that "Mr. Marx has everyone's permission to throw down the pen and put back the moustachio any time he pleases."[4] However, film rights were sold to Warner Bros for $500,000.[5][6]

The play toured as a summer stock production in the summers of 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1963, with co-author Groucho Marx playing the lead. Thanks to Marx's presence and an increasing number of Groucho-style jokes added to the script over time, the tours were well-received.[4]

Time for Elizabeth was adapted for TV in 1964, with Marx playing the lead.[7]

References

  1. AT THE THEATRE: OTTO KRUGER APPEARS IN A NEW COMEDY BY NORMAN KRASNA AND GROUCHO MARX By BROOKS ATKINSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 28 Sep 1948: 32.
    • McGilligan, Patrick, "Norman Krasna: The Woolworth's Touch", Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age, University of California Press,1986 p218
  2. "Time for Elizabeth". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. Coniam, Matthew (2016). "Chapter 5: A comparatively easy racket". That's Me, Groucho! The Solo Career of Groucho Marx. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-1476663739.
  4. Looking at Hollywood: Comedian Marx Sells Self, Play for $500,000! What Fun! Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 06 Oct 1955: c5.
  5. Variety February 1949
  6. Time for Elizabeth at IMDb
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