YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Puts The Ritz on MTI

by EllaRC on August 29, 2012

in New Shows,The Producers,Young Frankenstein

After the success of THE PRODUCERS in 2001, director, writer, actor and producer Mel Brooks adapted another of his outrageously hilarious movies into a musical. The film, which Brooks describes as his “best” is Young Frankenstein, and the musical shares the now iconic title. Mixing his unique sense of humor with a toe-tapping score, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is theatrical, distinctly Brooks and, now, available for licensing!

For decades, Mel Brooks has been one of the funniest entertainers in America, and his film work has defined a modern comedic style. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a classic in the genre that Brooks has developed and the musical version is no exception, making use of all of the tropes and gags that were perfected in the movie. The theatricality of the stage version enhances the immediacy of the comedy and brings the story to life on a whole new level.

Brooks wrote the score to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and shares a writing credit on the book with Thomas Meehan.  The show opened on Broadway in 2007 and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. It was hailed by critics from the New York Post to the LA Times as being dazzling, funny, glitzy and “classic Brooks.” The original cast featured an abundance of talented performers including Roger Bart, Andrea Martin, Megan Mullally, and Sutton Foster and was directed and choreographed by Broadway heavyweight Susan Stroman.

With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.

Helpful Production Resources

Like THE PRODUCERS, the success of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN hinges on the ability of the production to nail the comic timing of the piece and milk each moment of comedy, both verbal and physical. To that end, MTI provides choreography guides for organizations that license the show. Additional resources include a full score, reference recording, and transpositions if needed, and can be found on the show page. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a great opportunity to showcase an ensemble of actors, with opportunities for humor in all of the roles, big or small.

Mel Brooks Signs Copies of the "Young Frankenstein" Original Cast Recording Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage.com

Synopsis

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN begins in Transylvania Heights in 1934. The townspeople celebrate the funeral procession of the town’s resident mad scientist and monster maker – Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. The villagers have been tormented by Dr. Frankenstein’s monsters for years, and are relieved to be free of his curse. Before they can get too comfy, however, Inspector Kempt tells them that in fact there is one remaining member of the Frankenstein family – Frederick Frankenstein, a New York doctor who teaches at the esteemed “Johns, Miriam and Anthony Hopkins School of Medicine.” Not to worry, Ziggy, the village idiot assures, why would a New York doctor come to Transylvania Heights?

When Frederick, who insists his last name is “Fronkensteen” in an effort to separate himself from his less than scientific ancestors, comes to Transylvania Heights to settle his grandfather’s estate, he is lured into the family business. His assistant, Igor (who has a hump that moves around his back), his grandfather’s girlfriend, Frau Blucher, and his new assistant, Inga, help Frederick create a monster. Frederick’s hope is to endow his monster with the brain of a genius, but Igor drops the brain and substitutes it with one from someone named “Abby Normal”. The monster goes on a rampage, the villagers want to hang Frederick, and his fiancé, Elizabeth, arrives from New York only to be swept off her feet by the monster. However, through several great show numbers (including “Putting on the Ritz”) and a barrage of classic Mel Brooks shtick, Frederick manages to transfer some of his own knowledge to the monster, who becomes brilliant. All’s well that ends well and the monster becomes mayor of Transylvania Heights (and marries Elizabeth), Frederick marries Inga and decides to stay in his castle and keep up the family business, and Frau Blucher goes on a “blind date” with a blind hermit.

To learn about licensing this brand new show to the MTI catalogue, visit the YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN show page.

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    { 7 comments }

    Nancy Voigt September 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I would LOVE to read through the Young Frankenstein musical for my school’s musical. How can I get a copy? I’m at Wilson Southern’s Middle School. 610-670 5454 is my home phone.
    Home address: 400 Spohn Rd. Sinking Spring, Pa. 19608

    ScottF September 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Give us a call at (212) 541-4684 to request a perusal copy of the show from one of our licensing agents or visit http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000362 to request a perusal copy online. Either way we can ship you a copy of the libretto to read and see music before licensing the show. Thanks so much.

    Valerie O'Riordan September 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I just got the perusal and am listening to the CD. However, I work at a Catholic high school and so I’m wondering if there is a Junior version. The CD might have a bit too many tits, shits, ins and outs and double entendres for my audience. Unfortunately!

    ScottF October 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Unfortunately, Valerie, there is not a Junior version for this show. Sorry!

    Monty October 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I am interested in it for my high school, but am concerned about the size of the band. We have a talented school band but they are very small. We did LEGALLY BLONDE last year and had to hire in musicians to cover all the parts which really ate into our budget. Also, we don’t have a theater with an ochestra pit so we have to put our band on stage. That’s a problem for a big band and a big set show like YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. We really need to do shows that have small orchestras or ones we can rent an OrchExtra program for.
    I realize there is no OrchExtra service available for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN yet but I am wondering if there are plans for one in the future. It might be worth our while to wait if there are plans to release one in the next year or so.

    Evan FIfer October 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I was curious if there were any costume resources available as of yet, that you know of? I am considering doing this show next summer with the company I am with, however…special effects, sets, and costumes are going to be challenging. Any information would be greatly appreciated. thank you!

    Evan

    JasonC October 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hi Evan,
    Have you checked out COMMUNITY RENTALS on MTIShowSpace:

    http://www.mtishowspace.com/mod/ad/allshows.php

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