Saturday, September 09, 2006

Oh My Gawd! A "Young Frankenstein" Musical?!?

They've got to be kidding! A friend passed along this article:

Chenoweth, Hensley, Kudisch to Star in October Workshop of Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan have finally finished the first draft of
their long-awaited musicalization of the 1974 film "Young

Susan Stroman, who guided Brooks and Meehan's The Producers to
success, will direct an October reading of the new musical, the New
York Post reported.

Kristin Chenoweth—long reported to be the creators' choice for the
Teri Garr role of Inga—will play that part. She'll be joined by Tarzan
star Shuler Hensley as the Monster and Thorough Modern Millie actor
Marc Kudisch as a police inspector who suspects Dr. Frankenstein. The
role of the doctor has not been cast.

The Post also said that Brooks wants Cloris Leachman to re-create the
role of horse-frightening Frau Blucher. A Brooks movie veteran, she
played the part in the movie.

As previously reported, Seattle may be the launch town for the show.
Brooks and Meehan have been laboring on the script since early 2003.


The film starred Gene Wilder as a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein who
goes to Eastern Europe and takes up his ancestor's hobbies, and Peter
Boyle as the monster he creates. It was one of Brooks' most successful
comedies, and, to many film critics, his most consistent and polished
work. The movie, a parody of the classic horror films of the 1930s,
was made in black and white and featured a famously hilarious scene in
which the Frankenstein monster is presented to the public in top hat
and tails, performing Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz." Just as
the stage version of The Producers kept the song "Springtime for
Hitler" from the original film, one imagines this number would be
retained in any legitimate adaptation (if the Berlin estate OKs it).

Among the story's other characters are the doctor's fiancee (played in
the movie by Madeline Kahn), who goes from a prissy virgin to a
rapacious vixen with a Bride of Frankenstein hairdo; a comical
hunchback (Marty Feldman), who insists on being called "Eye-gor"; a
comely fräulein the doctor takes as his mistress (Garr); Frau Blücher
(Cloris Leachman), a woman so frightening the mention of her name
causes horses to rear up; and the rabble-rousing, speech-mangling
Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friederich Kemp (Kenneth Mars).