Presented by Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead
October 24 – 27, October 31 – November 3
The Stage at Island Park
Since first being released in 1974, the Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein has stood the test of time for its satire of early horror films and the trademark slapstick and double entendre of the Brooksian universe.
A little more than 30 years after its release, Brooks himself penned music and dialogue for a musical adaptation of the film. With the venerable Brooks at the helm, the musical retained the spirit of the original and was a natural fit for a Halloween production by Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead (MTFM).
“The musical is a nice compliment to the movie,” said Young Frankenstein director Craig Ellingson. “In many ways, it is even more ‘Mel Brooks’ than the original, since it has that Mel Brooksian humor to the musical numbers that aren’t in the movie.”
Ellingson said the cast has been having a lot of fun getting into beloved characters like Igor, Frau Blücher, and Inga.
“We’re having a good time. Rehearsal is filled with laughter every single night,” he said.
Ellingson said there will also be a costume contest along with the performances on Halloween night and the night after Halloween. The audience can come in their favorite Young Frankenstein-inspired costume or any other costume they have planned.
He added that this a fantastic show for people who wouldn’t normally get interested in musical theatre.
“This is a fun show for everyone, perfect for the kid at heart,” he said, adding that the play should be considered PG-13, good for older kids but perhaps a bit suggestive for younger kids.
Image: (from l to r) Samuel Krauth (Igor), Angela Schulz (Frau Blucher), Taylor Schatz (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), and Kathryn Hanson (Inga) rehearse a scene from the musical Young Frankenstein. Photo by the author.