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“Young Frankenstein” opened at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday night, to a star-studded, sold-out audience. The cast, led by Roger Bart who is reprising his Tony-Award winning role as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, delivers a lively and laugh-filled romp for two hours and forty minutes of fun. Joining Bart is his fellow Tony-Award winning co-star, Shuler Hensley as The Monster, Cory English (Igor), Beth Curry (Elizabeth), Joanna Glushak (Frau Blucher) and Anne Horak (Inga).
Bart is so comfortable in his role, he had the audience hanging on every word, even those that were a little low spoken (purposely) just to make sure we were paying attention. The first act flew by with rousing song and dance numbers, and plenty of sexual innuendo.
The second act was just as much fun, however a little campy. But I am talking about Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein”, what do I expect? However, it must be difficult playing Harold, the lonely, blind hermit portrayed by Gene Hackman in the 1974 movie. Hackman’s scene has become a classic, with loyal fans able to recite it word for word. Trying to match up to his comedic timing and delivery is a near impossible task. Brad Oscar gives it his best shot, but a little ad-libbing would do him some good.
Beth Curry does a fine job as Elizabeth, as do Horak and English in their respective roles. Joanna Glushak as Frau Blucher brings down the house, however, when she belts out “He Vas My Boyfriend!” Her husky, sexy voice — and fabulous legs — make her not only believable but hilarious! The song has been added to the score by composer and lyricist, none other than Mel Brooks.
Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25 – $85. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Visit www.YoungFrankensteinTheMusical.com.
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