Teeming with eye-popping visuals, laughter-inducing acts and strong musical numbers, Young Frankenstein revives the classic adventures of the corpse-turned-monster. The beauty of the plot is augmented by the wonderful acts of the performers and aesthetically designed theatrics. After a number of tours and national productions, the Broadway blockbuster will be staging its luscious new production at the Drury Lane Theatre for a limited run. Attend one of its shows for an evening full of hysterical laughs and fun.
Young Frankenstein Musical
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Background and Development
Young Frankenstein derives its roots from the 1974 hit movie of the same name. Mel Brooks directed the movie and shared the credit as the scriptwriter with Gene Wilder. The book and the lyrics for the musical were composed by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Keeping the charm of the central character alive, the duo ingeniously planned the musical according to the modern stage requirements.
With little modifications in the sequences, the complete script was successfully drafted by October 2006 and Brooks asked the famous Broadway director, Susan Stroman to direct the musical. The tryout shows of the musical were presented at the Paramount Theatre for almost a month and they received a favorable response from the audiences.
Premiere and Reception
Young Frankenstein debuted on Broadway at the Foxwoods Theatre in October 2007 and opened its doors for the general audiences on November 8. Featuring some of the most renowned actors, the Broadway production of the musical was directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Orchestrations for the musical were planned by Doug Besterman while William Ivey Long and Robin Wanger worked as the costume and set designer respectively.
The musical received fairly positive reviews from the critics but got an exceptionally overwhelming response from the audiences which made it a commercial hit. After several Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Young Frankenstein won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and racked up five Broadway.com Audience Awards. Young Frankenstein closed its successful Broadway run in January 2009 after 485 shows.
Future Tours and Runs
The Broadway success of the musical made way for many regional and national productions of the musical. Young Frankenstein began its first US National Tour in September 2009 and ended it in 2010 after staging effective shows in multiple cities around the country. A second US National Tour started in September 2011 that featured some new cast members. Entertaining thousands of theater lovers, the musical became a national sensation.
From time to time, Young Frankenstein has been performed at different theaters across the country for limited engagements. The most recent production of the musical staged its successful shows at the Musical Theatre West from 1st to 17th November 2013. A brand new version of the musical will be opening at the Drury Lane Theatre to be performed through March 2014.
Meet the Monster
Featuring some fresh and talented team members, the new production of Young Frankenstein will include the signature humor, terrific backdrops, special effects and hilarious onstage antics. Young Frankenstein tickets are among the most demanded theater event tickets of the season and are hogged by the theatergoers. The latest revival of the musical promises nothing but some magical moments filled with hilarity, suspense, music and dance. See this monstrously entertaining musical during one of its upcoming shows.