'Young Frankenstein: Alive On Broadway' 1-Hour Special Airs Feb.10 on MY9
The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein is the subject of a WWOR/MY9 hour-long special, "Young Frankenstein: Alive on Broadway," to air this Sunday night February 10 at 7PM on Channel 9. The 20th special hosted by MY 9's Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic Pat Collins, "Young Frankenstein: Alive on Broadway" includes exclusive backstage tours and interviews with Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, Roger Bart, Megan Mullally and all of the stars of the hit musical.
Young Frankenstein is playing at The Hilton Theatre on Broadway. For tickets and information, visit www.YoungFrankensteinTheMusical.com.
Collins was only the second TV journalist to interview the legendary Mel Brooks as he prepared his latest musical (NBC anchorman Brian Williams was the other). During the interview, Collins uncovers that the inspiration for bringing the classic movie to Broadway was Frau Blucher's line, "He vas my boyfriend," a line that has been developed into a full blown musical number in the show. Additionally, Brooks shares with Collins that before beginning work on Young Frankenstein, he went to the Forest Lawn Cemetery grave of Marty Feldman who co-starred in the film - to ask for his blessing.
Pat also puts on a top hat to learn the "Puttin' on the Ritz" steps with Tony-winner Roger Bart who plays the singing and dancing Dr. Frankenstein and takes viewers behind the scenes to see how actor Shuler Hensley is turned into Frankenstein's monster each night. Extensive interviews with the show's other stars Sutton Foster, Andrea Martin, Fred Applegate and Christopher Fitzgerald are also featured.
Another highlight is Collins' rare one-on-one interview with Gene Wilder at his home in Connecticut. Wilder tells Collins about his close friendship with Mel Brooks dating back to their Young Frankenstein film collaboration, and reveals that "Puttin' on the Ritz" was his idea and caused a major argument between them on the set of the movie.
"Young Frankenstein: Alive on Broadway" also includes opening night red carpet interviews with celebrities such as Billy Crystal, Goldie Hawn, Martin Short, Walter Cronkite, Joan Rivers and Rosie O'Donnell sharing their favorite "Mel moments," while Cast members reveal their favorite lines from the movie.