Young Frankenstein Will Tour Starting in Fall 2009
25 Sep 2008
Roger Bart in Young Frankenstein.
Photo by Paul Kolnik
Young Frankenstein, the musical comedy by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, will be seen on a national tour that will launch in fall 2009, Variety reported.
A start city, schedule and casting have not been announced, but the trade paper reported that long engagements are not expected. Producer Robert F.X. Sillerman told the paper that "most engagements are two to four weeks" and that "very few are six weeks."
The musical based on the motion picture continues its Broadway run at the Hilton Theatre. Susan Stroman directs and choreographs.
The sendup of the classic Hollywood "Frankenstein" pictures is now a full-out musical comedy, with songs by Brooks, dance and plenty of salacious humor. The show was named Best Musical by the Outer Critics Circle in 2008.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.