Saturday, July 25, 2009

cocoanuts: the monkey doodle-doo

and just when i thought i had that monkey off my back. from the top: norman moses, ray jivoff, mark kaplan, and moi in "the cocoanuts" in 1991, at the old skylight on jefferson. i had a great bit with a pencil in my forehead (high-larious), norman shilled for donations for the new theatre, asking the audience to leave checks made out to "create a skylight home, or c.a.s.h." on his dressing table, and ray carried mark and i around on his back. oh, and ray didn't talk. heaven.

15 comments:

  1. How well I recall the scene in "The Cocoanuts" during the dinner party when I would regularly lose it laughing (explosive chortling) at you 4, and how you put the FUN in FUNd-raising...

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  2. This picture has been hanging up for years in the stage management office. I wonder if they'll take it down now...

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  3. The Monkey Doodle Doo? Now they can do the "Monkey Doodle DON'T". But they better not use my arrangement!

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  4. Open "private" note to Cheap: How well I recall your improptu 'visit' to the orchestra pit during the tap numbeer.

    xo

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  5. Loved this show - saw it many times and never failed to laugh my behind off. The casting was absolutely perfect including Sue Gottschalk as Mrs. Potter. What a bunch of zanies. This picture surely embodies the spirit of SOT - definitely having FUN!

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  6. i suppose there's no video record of this, huh?

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  7. (Phone Rings, Mrs. Potter answers)

    Mrs. Potter: Helloooooo!?

    (Mug)

    (Mrs. Potter hangs up the phone)


    Mrs. Potter: Good-Bye!

    (scene)

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  8. Hollywood/Ukraine with out Norman, Ray and Mark (not to mention Richard and Pam)...THAT'S the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard...

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  9. An archival video of "The Cocoanuts" does exist, stored somewhere at the Skylight.

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  10. Oh, Tony -- strange how potent cheap humor is...

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  11. previously referred to as "Cheap"July 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    that Kriger broad had us doing trenches on tiny little suitcases!!!! someone was bound to take a header. the look of horror on your face as I lunged toward the pit is forever etched on my brain. Hi-lo-larious.

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  12. Hey Tony. I was asked to play the Zeppo role for Night in Ukraine. I know now I had some big shoes to fill. I was so happy Bill and Pam had faith in me to take on that role. How proud I felt. I am also proud to stand with everyone in our struggle to right everything. Thanks for all the updates and your dedication with this ongoing battle.

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  13. Sarah Kriger HwangJuly 26, 2009 at 1:02 AM

    To previously referred to as "cheap,"

    Who do you think you're calling "broad?" My understanding is the correct title is cheap & tacky "broad."

    My memory of "The Cocoanuts" is being home from college, attending a rehearsal, and find Harpo's leg in my hand. I had not met Ray before that, and frankly, I'm still afraid of him.

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  14. Hey Tony! I have been following this saga from afar (thank you, Diane) in wonder and disbelief. It has been many years since I worked there, and I certainly witnessed other difficult times, but this takes the cake. I am moved by the outpouring of strength of this community of artists and patrons. Seeing this photo of 'The Cocoanuts' reminded me of wanting to watch every rehearsal, rather than working on my part of the show! Also, the thrill of moving into the new theater.
    My thoughts are with you all, and I hope you prevail.

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  15. Tony, that picture's been hanging up in MY office for years. I start laughing just looking at it. HilARious show!!!!

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