Curtain Call and Press Night Celebration of Musical Theatre West's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA opened its 61st season with Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, a musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning smash hit The Producers. The production, with music and lyrics by Brooks and a book by Thomas Meehan, marks the regional theater premiere of this hilariously tuneful show based on the 1974 smash hit film Young Frankenstein which was a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelleyclassic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. Check out the opening night shows below!
Zachary Ford stars as "Dr. Frederick Frankenstein" with Danny Blaylock as "The Monster", Ben Liebert as "Igor,"Andi Davis as "Inga," Rebecca Johnson as "Elizabeth," Tracy Lore as "Frau Blücher," and Jeffrey Rockwell as "Inspector Kemp". John Racca is featured as "Victor," Jeffrey Landman as "Ziggy," and David Miller as "Herald". Ensemble members include Jessica Buda, Ryan Chlanda, Quintan Craig, Michael Deeb, Jessica Ernest, Marisa Field, Annie Hinskton, Donna Louden, Daniel Smith, Alishia Suitor, and Katy Tabb.
MTW Executive Director/Producer Paul Garman has appointed Lauren Kadel as Director and Choreographer who will recreate the original Direction and Choreography of Susan Stroman. Corey B. Hirsch serves as Musical Director withMary Ritenhour as Production Manager.
Young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancée Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster -- but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.
Photo Credit: Lily Lim
Ben Liebert at curtain call