Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

West End

Young Frankenstein is a musical by Mel Brooks based on his 1974 film of the same name. The film starred and was co-written by the late Gene Wilder. The book to the musical is by Thomas Meehan, who collaborated with Mel Brooks on the 2001 musical adaptation of another film by Brooks, The Producers. Hoping to repeat the success of The Producers (the show won 12 Tony Awards, the most ever won by a musical), Brooks assembled the same production team for Young Frankenstein – Susan Stroman as director and choreographer, Robin Wagner as set designer, William Ivey Long as costume designer and Doug Besterman as orchestrator. The show opened in New York in November 2007, with a cast including Tony Award winners Roger Bart, Sutton Foster, Andrea Martin and Shuler Hensley and Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally. The reviews for the production were mixed, with the overall feeling that the show did not hold a candle to its predecessor, and the production closed after only 14 months in January 2009.

The musical follows the plot of the film which is a parody of Hollywood horror films from the 1930s - the infamous Victor Frankenstein’s grandson, Frederick, inherits the family estate after his Grandfather’s passing. With his trusty sidekick Igor and his beautiful lab assistant Inga by his side, Frederick takes on the family business and brings a creature to life that will rival his grandfather’s creations. The monster escapes from the Transylvania manor and the usual Mel Brooks style hilarity ensues.

In May 2015 it was rumoured that Mel Brooks was planning to open a smaller production of Young Frankenstein in the West End, co-directing the show with Susan Stroman, having reworked elements of the storytelling and written two new songs for the show. Reports suggested that it would open in Winter 2015/Spring 2016, though it is now believed to open in the Autumn of 2017, if a suitable theatre can be found.

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