Mel Brooks' Broadway Hit Young Frankenstein
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Winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Musical, Young Frankenstein delivers all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the Broadway stage, including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”
The musical’s plot basically is carried over from the movie, centering on the grandson of Dr. Victor von Frankenstein, Frederick, a dean of anatomy in a New York university. But Frederick is ashamed to ne Frankenstein, and insists that his name be pronounced “Fronkenstein.”
After learning that he has inherited his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, Frederick travels to his ancestor’s homeland where he meets the hunchback Igor (“Eye-gore”), the laboratory assistant Inga, and of course, the mysterious and frightening Frau Blucher.
With a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, the musical is based on the 1974 film comedy written by Brooks and Gene Wilder. After tryouts in Seattle and four weeks of previews, the musical opened on Broadway on Nov. 8, 2007 to mixed reviews.
The Broadway show went on to do 484 performances and 30 previews, closing on Jan. 4, 2009. A U.S. tour started in September 2009 in Providence, R.I. The cast for the tour includes Roger Bart as Dr. Frankenstein and Shuler Hensley as The Monster, reprising their Broadway roles, with Cory English as Igor.
The Broadway show was nominated for three Tony Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards (winning one), four Drama Desk Awards, two Drama League Awards, and one Grammy Award.