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Andrea Martin Joins Young Frankenstein Broadway Cast

Tony-winner Andrea Martin joins the cast of the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, creating the role of Frau Blucher in the new musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning musical The Producers.

Based on Brooks' classic 1974 movie comedy, the show will open on November 8th 2007 at the Hilton Theatre (213 W 42nd St) after beginning previews on October 11th 2007. Young Frankenstein will play its pre-Broadway engagement at Seattle's Paramount Theatre August 7th - September 1st.

On Broadway, Martin has appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma! (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Candide (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations); My Favorite Year (Tony, Drama Desk, Theatre World Awards).  Off-Broadway, she has been seen in: The Exonerated, The Vagina Monologues; Encores!: Out of This World; NYSF: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nude Nude Totally Nude (Drama Desk Award nomination). Regional credits include: Huntington Theatre: The Rose Tattoo, Betty's Summer Vacation (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards); Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Royal Family, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Matchmaker; Mark Taper Forum, L.A.: Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Stratford Festival, Canada: Private Lives. Film and television credits include: New York Minute, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (SAG Award nomination), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, Wag the Dog, Stepping Out, "Sesame Street" (special Emmy Award), and "SCTV" (two Emmy Awards, writing, Emmy nomination, performing).

"Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks.  When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York  brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma.  Does he continue to run from his family's tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather's mad experiments reanimating the dead  and, in the process,  fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?," state press notes.

With the addition of Martin, Young Frankenstein now boasts four Tony award-winners among its principals. Cumulatively the creative team and cast of Young Frankenstein have garnered a staggering 27 Tony Awards and 54 Tony Award nominations.

Martin joins the previously announced Roger Bart (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Megan Mullally (Elizabeth), Sutton Foster (Inga), Shuler Hensley (The Monster), Fred Applegate (Kemp) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor).

"Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show's raucous score includes 'The Transylvania Mania,' 'He Vas My Boyfriend' and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin's 'Puttin' On the Ritz.'"

Robert F.X. Sillerman and Mel Brooks will present Young Frankenstein. 

Tickets will go on sale Sunday, July 15th.   For information, visit www.YoungFrankensteinTheMusical.com.

Photo of Andrea Martin by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


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