Post by theatremadness on Sept 7, 2016 0:26:57 GMT
Don't think there is a thread on this yet, though it has been discussed!
Apparently at a screening of Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks claimed that a new, streamlined version of Young Frankenstein will open in the West End in about a year, directed by Susan Stroman. If it goes down well, he'll take it back to Broadway in "a nice little theatre".
I have waited to see this musical since I bought the cast album in America in 2007!
Although I do wonder if it will do well going straight into the West End. Maybe doing what The Addams Family is doing by touring with a producer like Music & Lyrics would be a better way to bring it over, or even with a regional theatre like the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Saw a production in Park CIty Utah , and must say it was a joyously funny night of theatre. Stripped back to nearly nothing, the jokes landed, the cast where on point, enjoyed more than I thought I would...
A scaled back production should of been how it opened a n New York in the first place
I saw it in Paris a while ago in a fairly small-scale production and while I have nothing to compare it to (never saw anything of the NY production) I would agree that it worked just fine like that.
However, personally I find Brooks' type of humour terribly dated and borderline offensive relying on cliches like thick accents, dumb busty blondes and super-campy gays. The films were as much a product of their time as the films they were spoofing.
For me he'll also always be the guy who introduced the plague that are premium seats.
Would perhaps revisit it in London for the casting, though with low expectations.
I know Legally Blonde and to an extent Shrek were successful but I do think producers should stop trying and reinvent shows that didn't have a long shelf life on Broadway. DRS only did a year, Women on the Verge 5 months and I suspect Young Frankenstein would be a year max if it came to the West End.
It's by no means a bad show, just an unnecessary one. They could never top the movie and they didn't. I saw the touring company do it in LA with some of the Broadway cast - Roger Bart and Schuler Hensley - returning for the occasion. I was sitting two rows behind Mel Brooks himself who was the show's biggest fan. He never stopped laughing.