Andrea Martin Will Be Part of Young Frankenstein Cast

News   Andrea Martin Will Be Part of Young Frankenstein Cast Tony Award winner Andrea Martin is the latest addition to the cast of the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, which will be directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

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Martin will play the role of Frau Blucher in the new musical comedy; that role was created on screen by Cloris Leachman.

Martin joins a cast that includes the previously announced Roger Bart (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Megan Mullally (Elizabeth), Sutton Foster (Inga), Shuler Hensley (The Monster), Fred Applegate (Kemp) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor).

Andrea Martin received Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards for her performance in My Favorite Year. Her other Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma! and Candide. Off-Broadway she has been seen in The Exonerated, The Vagina Monologues, The Merry Wives of Windsor and her one-woman show Nude Nude Totally Nude. Martin's numerous screen credits include "New York Minute," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (SAG Award nomination), "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "All Over the Guy," "Wag the Dog," "Stepping Out," "Sesame Street" (special Emmy Award) and "SCTV" (two Emmy Awards).

Producers Robert F.X. Sillerman and Mel Brooks recently announced that the musical will begin previews at Broadway's Hilton Theatre Oct. 11 with an official opening Nov. 8.

Song titles, Brooks previously said, will include "We're the Happiest Town in Town," which the villagers sing at the top of the show when they believe Frankenstein is dead, and "There Is Nothing Like the Brain." Other songs include "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and Irving Berlin's "Putting On the Ritz." Young Frankenstein, based on Brooks' 1974 film, has a score by Brooks, a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and direction and choreography by Stroman — the same team that turned The Producers into Tony gold.

The musical, according to press notes, is described thusly: "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?"

The design team comprises Robin Wagner (set design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Jonathan Deans (sound design). Orchestrations will be written by Doug Besterman; Patrick Brady will be the musical director with musical supervision by Glen Kelly.

As previously reported, Young Frankenstein will have a pre-Broadway tryout this summer in Seattle. The Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical will play an Aug. 7-Sept. 1 stint at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

Tickets for the Broadway run at the Hilton Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) will go on sale to the general public July 15. For more information visit YoungFrankensteinTheMusical.com.