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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Young Frankenstein

April 6th, 2008
The Hilton Theatre, Broadway (at 42nd)

Roger Bart (Frederick Frankenstein)
Megan Mallally (Elizabeth ~ the Madeline Kahn role)
Shuler Hensley (The Monster)
Fred Applegate (Inspector Kemp/Hermit)
Andrea Martin (Frau Blucher)
Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor)
and Sutton Foster (Inga)

I've read a lot of disparaging remarks about this musical. No, it's not the movie. Get over it and enjoy it for what it is. We had a great time. We laughed and revisited one of our favorite moives, live. We loved Megan Mallally and were impressed with her voice ~her songs suit her range and style. And she was just plain funny!

Sutton Foster was very sweet as Inga.And as expected, Andrea Martin was the perfect Frau Blucher. Fred Applegate made a great hermit, and Christopher Fitzgerald was a real stand-out as Igor (SO intuitively funny, deserves a nomination).And Roger Bart has excellent comedic timing, a great voice and he made us laugh from start to finish. He paired nicely with Christopher as Igor.

We enjoyed the big splashy sets, creative costumes and fun production numbers (where else can you see umpteen tap-dancing Frankenstein monsters?). It was fun. We didn't mind it being a re-framing of the movie. So sue us.

To me, this is a cast-centric production; this is the one and only cast to see in this musical. I knew that going in, and was not going to make the mistake of missing this cast (the way I did with "Spamalot").



Blogger carli said...

I <3 Shuler Hensley and Roger Bart. That's some cast they got together. But I'm not a big fan of Mel Brooks movies (not sure why--the only one I really like is Spaceballs), so I think I'll pass. I'm glad you had fun.

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