Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" to Scare Up Laughs at Keith Albee

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" to Scare Up Laughs at Keith Albee

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, a new musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning smash The Producers, is alive and it’s headed to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. You’ll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production.

 

This wickedly inspiring re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Frankensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterpiece and bring a corpse to life. Together with his endearing helper Igor, his lab assistant Igna, and in spite of his self-absorbed fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster, but not without scary and quiet often hilarious complications.

 

Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma.  Does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead  and, in the process,  fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?

 

Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show’s raucous score includes “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”

 

The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and three-time Tony winner Mel Brooks himself who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book along with his record-breaking team from The Producers: five-time Tony winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony winning writer, Thomas Meehan.

 

Young Frankenstein is the winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Musical. The New York Times said Young Frankenstein has “the largest percentage of gags per scene.”

 

Tickets for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN are on sale now and are $58, $50 & $45. Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located on the east side of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling (304) 696.3326.  Patrons can also visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for ticket information.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon – 5:00PM.  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, including online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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