Famous Artists Theatre Presents: Young Frankenstein


Syracuse’s own Famous Artists Broadway Theatre recently released it’s 2012-2013 season featuring shows like Jersey Boys, The Adams Family and others but coming up very soon is Mel Brooks’ comedy/musical Young Frankenstein. There are three performances coming up including Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 17–all at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve ever seen The Producers or laughed at any of Mel Brooks’ completely absurd but hilarious films, you shouldn’t miss this show!

This play is Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his 1974 black-and-white film of the same name, which starred the late, great Gene Wilder. The movie was a parody of the 1930s classical horror film genre. The genre is often called “Universal Horror” after the film studio and contains films like Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man and others. Mel Brooks’ parody blended elements of all these films but remained hilarious and tongue-in-cheek throughout. American Film Institute granted Young Frankenstein 13th rank on their list of the 100 funniest American movies. Despite the film being released over 25 years ago, the musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein was actually quite recent. A master of theatre adaptation, Brooks’ Young Frankenstein musical premiered at Seattle’s Paramount Theater back in 2007 before becoming a solid Broadway hit. It garnered over 14 nominations for various awards (Grammys and Tonys) and a few wins. It was quiet popular with audiences at the time and is considered a great starter musical for Broadway newbies (of which I am). I’ve never been to a production on Broadway and rarely see many plays, but this is one that I’d definitely like to see.

Here’s a bit more about the show, via the official website:
A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fianc√© Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.

Click here for more information. I highly recommend securing tickets ASAP as the first show is coming up very fast. Prices from $30. Sounds like a fun start to the evening, don’t miss out!!

Famous Artists Broadway Theatre Presents: Young Frankenstein
Tuesday, May 15 – 7:30 p.m
Wednesday, May 16 – 7:30 p.m
Thursday, May 17 – 7:30 p.m.

Mulroy Civic Center At Oncenter
Crouse Hinds Theater
421 Montgomery Street (Directions)

– From $30 up to $70 (plus $9 in fees)

Here’s the 2012-2013 season, via Famous Artists Broadway Theatre:

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