THE NEW MEL BROOKS MUSICAL YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
"It's Alive!" The comedy genius Mel Brooks has adapted his legendary film into a hilariously brilliant stage creation. The grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and the lovely lab assistant Inga, Frederick follows in his grandfather s footsteps. "It's Alive!" he exclaims as he gives rise to a creature to rival his grandfather's. And, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity ensues. All the famous lines from the film are there, along with such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend," and "Puttin' on the Ritz." Young Frankenstein will definitely tickle your funny bone, or at least have you smiling every five seconds!
Disclaimer: This is best enjoyed by teens & adults who enjoy bawdy humor.
"...splashy numbers full of Borscht Belt humor, bawdy double-entendres and plenty of dance breaks."
- LA Times
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein - TROY THRASH +
The Monster - KEVIN OBERTHALER +
Igor/The Herald - DWIGHT L. TRICE JR
Inga - KRIS ALLEMANG STAHL +
Elizabeth Benning - TAYLOR GUDBRANDSON * +
Frau Blucher - KRIS NAFTEL
Inspector Hans Kemp - DUSTIN MORTON D.C. +
The Hermit / Villager / Cruise Passenger - R.J. SOULE +
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein / Villager / Cruise Passenger - NORMAN FRAZIER +
Villager / Steward / The Executioner - PETER ARANDA * +
Villager / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer / Elizabeth's Entourage (Bob) - JENNY BARNHART +
Villager / Cruise Passenger - ANDREA CURTIS ROTHNEY *
Villager / Cruise Passenger - RENAE C. FELDPAUSCH +
Villager / Medical Student / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer / Transylvanian Quartet / Elizabeth's Entourage (Masha) - DAN LAFFERTY +
Villager / Medical Student / Mad Scientist - MARY LANDREVILLE
Villager / Mad Scientist / Ziggy - LARS J. LOOFBORO +
Villager / Purser - RICK MOLL +
Villager / Medical Student / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer - JULIE PELLIGRINO +
Villager / Medical Attendant / Dracula / Shoeshine Man / Elizabeth's Entourage (Basha) - JOEL PENNINGTON
Villager / Medical Student / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer / Transylvanian Quartet / Elizabeth's Entourage (Tasha) - MICHAEL PETERMAN +
Villager / Medical Student / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer / Elizabeth's Entourage (Sasha)/ Transylvanian Quartet - NICK ROGERS
Villager / Medical Student - BRITTIN SCHUMAKER
Villager / Cruise Passenger / Mad Scientists - JACKI STAHR
Villager / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer - CARLEE STOKER
Villager / Telegraph Boy / Werewolf / Dance Corps / Mad Scientist - PHILIP VANORMAN
Villager / Medical Student / Mad Scientist / Ritz Dancer / Dance Corps - AMANDA WILLOUGHBY
Villager / Cruise Director / Transylvanian Quartet - GARY WILLOUGHBY +
Villager / Mad Scientist - SARAH WISSER +
Villager / Mr. Hiltop - JEFFREY WYCKOFF +
Light Board Operator
* Denotes Civic Debut | + Denotes Academy of Theatre Arts Student
Director - ART NEMITZ
Musical Director - LORI HATFIELD
Choreographer - KATHRYN S. WILLIAMS
Scenic Designer - DAVID KYHN
Costume/Hair/Makeup Designer - BARBARA B. MOELAART
Lighting/Sound/SFX Designer - ANNMARIE MILLER
Properties Master - TATIANA MCCALLUM
Technical Director - PHILLIP A. MILLER
Stage Manager - MIKE ARTIS
Dance Captain - DWIGHT L. TRICE JR
Tap Assistant - KRIS ALLEMANG STAHL
Friday, September 22nd at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30pm (Post Show Creative Conversation)
Sunday, September 24th at 2:00pm
Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, September 30th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 1st at 2:00pm
Friday, October 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8th at 2:00pm
This legendary parody of the horror film genre contains a healthy dose slapstick as well as all the bawdy humor and double entendre from the original film and may be best enjoyed by older audiences.
Why We Chose This Show
Mel Brooks is an American Icon and his cleverly written films and plays have shaped a generation of comedians and comedy lovers. This mix of clever jokes, fabulous dance numbers and Broadway musical flair from the 30's and 40's, creates a hilarious parody of the horror film genre every bit as inspired as the original film.
Water based haze, water based fog, live flames, pyrotechnics, strobe lighting and chemical based smoke may be used in this production.
Approximately 2 hours, 35 minutes (including one 15 minute intermission)
The Bronson Children's Hospital Walk and Run will be occurring in downtown Kalamazoo on Sunday, September 24th between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. This may affect some of our patrons ability to get to the theatre along with parking availability for the 2:00pm curtain for 'Young Frankenstein'.
Please click here to view route map.
The Civic Auditorium
329 South Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. View Seating Chart.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos courtesy of Katherine Mumma