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Young Frankenstein celebrates 1st anniversary on Broadway
The Broadway musical Young Frankenstein celebrates its first anniversary on 8 Nov 2008. The show opened at the Hilton Theatre on 8 Nov 2007, following previews from 11 Oct and is currently booking through to 7 Jun 2009.
Based on the Oscar-nominated 1974 film, Young Frankenstein tells the story of Frederick Frankenstein, a young neurosurgeon who inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein does not believe in the work of his grandfather, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind...
Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show's score includes ï¿½Weï¿½re the Happiest Town in Town,ï¿½ "There is Nothing Like The Brain," "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On the Ritz."
The show opened to mixed, but mostly poor reviews: "If "YF" screams anything, it's shtick!" (NY Theatre Guide); "Leaves you with a monster-size headache." (NY Times); "Isn't the joyous celebration one hoped for." (NY Daily News); "The Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest." (NY Post); "The only thing in stitches is the creature's face." (NewsDay); "Not a great musical, nor even a particularly good one." (Star-Ledger); "It's alive ï¿½ but just barely." (USA Today); "Bloated, robotic, astonishingly unfunny behemoth has been cobbled together from spare parts" (Time Out NY); "Shrill, misbegotten, deeply cynical enterprise." (NY Sun)
The musical currently features Roger Bart (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Michele Ragusa (Elizabeth), Kelly Sullivan (Inga), Shuler Hensley (The Monster), Fred Applegate (Kemp), Beth Leavel (Frau Blucher) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor).
Like Mel Brook's 12 times Tony Award winning show 'The Producers,' Young Frankenstein features music & lyrics by Mel Brooks, book by Mel Brooks & Tom Meehan, and is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.
The production also features the same creative team as 'The producers': Robin Wagner(Set Design), William Ivey Long (Costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lighting).