The legendary comic genius Mel Brooks saw humor in the foggy moors of Transylvania, which gave life to the 1974 film Young Frankenstein. The outrageous spin on the classic Mary Shelley novel was an unforgettable, side-splitting-funny hit. Decades later, Brooks decided to revisit the Frankenstein spoof and turn it into a madcap, tune-filled show.
The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein was born on Broadway in 2008. Now the hysteria continues for a two week engagement, from July 27 through August 8, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
Stars of the original Broadway production, Tony Award winners Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley, reprise the roles of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and The Monster. They are joined by Cory English as Igor, Brad Oscar, Beth Curry, Anne Horak, and Joanna Glushak as Frau Blucher, plus an ensemble that could wake the dead with the high-energy choreography. Everyone makes the hilarious story come alive. The toe-tapping songs by Brooks himself include “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” and “Life, Life.” Of course, Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” the iconic scene from the original film has been turned into a showstopper.
Part of the chemistry that makes everything work comes from Roger Bart and his long association with Mel Brooks. Bart has a knack for Brooks’ special brand of humor. He appeared in Brooks’ The Producers on Broadway, in addition to the successful film version in the role of Carmen Gia. Now Bart is happy to be part of another Brooks production that’s a “monster hit.”