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I realize this is not a food-related post, but the national tour of Young Frankenstein – The Musical kicked off in Utica, NY, this week, at the Stanley Center for the Arts, and Utica is the next town over from me, so you can bet I was there! Whether you’re an old fan of Mel Brooks’ 1974 movie featuring Gene Wilder (Dr. Frankenstein), Peter Boyle (The Monster), Marty Feldman (Igor), Cloris Leachman (Frau Blücher), Teri Garr (Inga), Madeleine Kahn (Elizabeth), Gene Hackman (Blindman), and Kenneth Mars (Inspector Kemp), or you are so young that you have no idea what I’m talking about, definitely plan to see this show when it hits your area. I’m actually surprised to see that the movie was in 1974 since I was only 8 then but remember it so vividly.
In any event, the musical was fantastic, so I would highly recommend it. I will say though, that it was racier than I remember the movie version to be, so you might want to leave the kids at home – along with anyone with epilepsy or other seizure disorders – there were some blinding flashes of light that I wouldn’t want to trigger seizures in anyone. There was a notation in the program, but I didn’t purchase the tickets myself, so I’m not sure if that was made known at the point of purchase.
Although I never pursued it beyond high school, I have to admit to being a big theater geek. What made this especially impressive to me was that in two different scenes, I was so engrossed in what was going on, I didn’t even notice set changes taking place. That says something! I was also impressed because this was only the third showing. Monday night was a run through, with press, etc., for staging and making any tweaks, then it opened on Tuesday and ran again Wednesday before hitting the road.
Heck, if you’re not a fan of the movie – or Frankenstein – go for the dancing. That in itself was extremely impressive. They put together quite the ensemble for this production! Even the staging and props are top notch. The only negative to my ears was that I missed the lyrics in a few places because the music seemed to be out of the range of the performers in those segments. That’s something I never considered about putting a musical together. It must be difficult if, say, you write a part for an alto but in an ensemble piece, they need to belt out a part in first soprano, etc. because it fits better musically. Hmmm…
Don’t hold me to this, but I believe they said the tour will include 140 cities, so it should eventually be making its way to somewhere close enough for you to check it out. Featured in this production are:
A.J. Holmes – Frederick Frankenstein
Rory Donovan – The Monster
Lexie Dorsett – Elizabeth
Elizabeth Pawlowski – Inga
Pat Sibley – Frau Blücher
Christopher Timson – Igor
Britt Hancock – Inspector Kemp / Blindman
Apropos of nothing, this is the ginormous light fixture in the ceiling of the Stanley. How cool is that?? It's so huge, I couldn't get the whole thing in the shot! I'm going to assume it's a Meyda-Tiffany since they're local, and it looks rather Tiffany.