By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
07 Jul 2008
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Originally scheduled to begin performances at the Hilton Theatre July 22, Leavel will now begin her stint as Frau Blucher July 15. Leavel succeeds Andrea Martin, who played her final performance July 6; Martin was Tony-nominated for her performance. (Understudy Linda Mugleston will play the role in the interim.)
Leavel will join a company that includes Roger Bart (Fredrick Frankenstein), Megan Mullally (Elizabeth), Shuler Hensley (The Monster), Fred Applegate (Inspector Kemp/ Blind Hermit), Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor) and Kelly Sullivan (Inga). Michele Ragusa (Adrift in Macao, Paper Mill's Kiss Me, Kate) takes over the role of Elizabeth, the cold girlfriend of the title character, on Aug. 5.
Beth Leavel received Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performance in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone. Her other Broadway credits include 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Show Boat and The Civil War. Leavel's Off-Broadway credits include Lone Star Love, The Jazz Singer and An Unfinished Song. She has also been seen in regional productions of Annie, A Little Night Music and Mame.
Young Frankenstein, with book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks, was named Best Broadway Musical 2008 by the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Set in "the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights," the show's score includes "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and a singular treatment of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On the Ritz."
For information, visit YoungFrankensteinTheMusical.com or Ticketmaster.com or call (212) 307-4100.