The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, with Thomas Meehan, was destined for success since before the idea to musical-ize it was even concocted. Based upon one of the most esteemed caricature comedies of the history of film, Young Frankenstein the... More
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, with Thomas Meehan, was destined for success since before the idea to musical-ize it was even concocted. Based upon one of the most esteemed caricature comedies of the history of film, Young Frankenstein the musical is the story of bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster -- but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.
Mel Brooks is by no means new to the wonderful world of musicals nor Broadway, having crafted his film The Producers with the help of Meehan into one of the most successful musicals ever, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, largest single day box-office gross in 2001 and 2003 and running for over 2,500 performances beginning in 2001. Young Frankenstein (1974) is among Mel Brooks most popular catalog, with the likes of Blazing Saddles and The Producers. An affectionate parody of the classic horror novel and Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, set on a black and white canvas, is consistently praised as one of Hollywood’s best comedies and Brook’s best film.
While the musical received mix reviews upon its entrance to Broadway in November 2007 and living in the shadow of its precedent The Producers, Young Frankenstein is a delightfully dark performance, with enjoyable musical routines, the Brooks witticism that we are so familiarly fond of and a larger-than-life cast.
The New York Post says of the performance, “Brooks's lyrics are bright and witty. Better yet, the book ... does a great job, with the assistance of co-writer Thomas Meehan, in transferring the original script to the stage. An even greater job is done by Stroman whose staging, choreography and supervising of special effects manage to suggest the Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest. In her entire career, Stroman has done nothing better - she even outproduces her work on The Producers.”