It's a fitting time for the 1974 spoof horror film to come to the stage: Brooks' prodigious contributions to film and comedy will be celebrated this year with the highest honour awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television – a BAFTA Fellowship. And with a cast led by rising musical theatre star Hadley Freeman (City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse) as Dr Frankenstein, stand-up comedian Ross Noble as Igor and TV regular Lesley Joseph as the housekeeper.
A spoof of the American horror movie genre and parody of Mary Shelley's novel, the musical of Young Frankenstein, which first came to life on Broadway in 2007, follows Dr Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the notorious Victor. When he inherits a Transylvanian castle, Frederick and his hunchbacked henchman Igor experiment in the art of bringing a corpse back to life – to alarming, hilarious consequences.
Co-written by Brooks and Gene Wilder, the film became a cult hit. Brooks went on to adapt the screen play into an all-singing, all-dancing stage musical, which pulled in three Tony nominations on Broadway. With a score including the timeless Puttin' On The Ritz and He Vas My Boyfriend, the musical version of Young Frankenstein mines the same seam of zany comedy that made the film such a favourite.
The musical receives its UK premiere at London's Garrick Theatre from 28 September 2017. We predict a monstrous hit.
|What||Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre|
2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH | MAP
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
28 Sep 17 – 10 Feb 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via Culture Whisper and See Tickets|