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Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein heading to the West End in 2017
The author and comedian confirms the musical is coming to London.
Comedy legend and musical theatre writer Mel Brooks yesterday confirmed that a West End production of his 2007 musical Young Frankenstein is heading to the West End in 2017.
Speaking at a recent screening of his classic 1974 comedy, 'Blazing Saddles', Brooks told the assembled crowd that the show is "going to be in a theatre in the West End in London about a year from now, and then if it really works, and people really love it, I'll take it back to New York in a nice little theatre. We won't do an over-blown production like we did originally."
He went on to say that the new London production of Young Frankenstein will be a "streamlined version", and will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman, the director of his universally successful hit musical The Producers.
The original production of Young Frankenstein opened on Broadway in 2007 and ran to January 2009 in a production that featured Sutton Foster, Roger Bart, Andrea Martin, Christopher Fitzgerald and Schuler Hensley.
The musical features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. Based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and the late Gene Wilder, it is a parody of the horror film genre and features songs such as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and a new spin on Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On the Ritz."
No further details about the London premiere of Young Frankenstein the Musical have been announced. Stay tuned for further details.