Noll, Blanchard, Stanek and Bruno Will Join Foster in Off-Broadway's Frankenstein

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Broadway favorites Christiane Noll, Steve Blanchard, Jim Stanek and Mandy Bruno will join the previously announced Hunter Foster this fall in the new Off-Broadway musical Frankenstein.
Christiane Noll will play Jane in Signature's Witches of Eastwick.
Christiane Noll will play Jane in Signature's Witches of Eastwick. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

According to a press notice, Noll will play Elizabeth, Frankenstein's wife, Blanchard will be the monster, Stanek will be Henry, and Bruno will play Justine in the new musical, which begins previews Oct. 10 at 37 Arts. Opening is Nov. 1. The ensemble will include Nick Cartell, Struan Erlenborn, Eric Michael Gillette and Aaron Seretosky.

As previously reported by, Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster — known for comic turns in Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown and The Producers — will explore darker material when he plays the title role of Victor Frankenstein.

Foster will star as "the rebel scientist who challenges the laws of nature and morality when he breathes life into his inanimate creature," according to the producers of the Mary Shelley-inspired musical by composer Mark Baron and lyricist-librettist Jeffrey Jackson. "Faced with intolerance and adversity, the scientist's creation rebels against the world around him, ultimately destroying the very man who gave him life."

(A few blocks away on 42nd Street, Foster's Tony Award-winning sister, Sutton Foster, will be playing Inga in the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein.)

Presented by Gerald Goehring, Douglas C. Evans, Michael F. Mitri in association with Barbara & Emery Olcott and David S. Stone, Frankenstein's "original story adaptation" is by Gary P. Cohen, with direction by Bill Fennelly. Christiane Noll, who was part of the out-of-town tryout of The Mambo Kings, made her Broadway debut as Emma Carew in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde. She later joined the Broadway company of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and starred in the City Center Encores! production of The New Moon. Noll appeared in the national tours of Urinetown, Grease!, Miss Saigon and City of Angels, and she has recorded three solo albums: "Christiane Noll — A Broadway Love Story" (Varese Sarabande Records), "Live at the Westbank Café," (Car-Jam Records) and "The Ira Gershwin Album" (Fynsworth Alley). The singing actress was most recently seen in the American premiere of The Witches of Eastwick.

Steve Blanchard's Broadway credits include The Three Musketeers, Camelot and Beauty and the Beast.

Frankenstein performances will play Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Wednesday and Sunday at 3 PM; and Saturdays at 2 PM. Tickets are on sale now at or at (212) 307-4100. Student rush tickets ($20 each) will be available at all performances 20 minutes prior to curtain with valid student ID.

37 Arts is located in Manhattan at 450 West 37th Street.

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