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Young Frankenstein Sets Top Ticket Price to $450


Variety reports that Broadway ticket prices will reach all all-time high with Young Frankenstein, primed to be a monster hit at the Hilton Theater this fall.

Jersey Boys' top ticket price is currently set to $350; Young Frankenstein will offer $450 "premier" tickets. The article states: "the $450 pricetag for 'premier' seats, which are a step up from 'premium' seats that will cost $75 less, will be charged for the four weekend perfs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Weekday shows will run $350 for premier tickets. Regular-price tickets for 'Frankenstein' will reach $120 for all performances. That's slightly higher than many other musicals on the Rialto, which often charge $110 or $115. 'Jersey' tickets hit $120 on weekends. For 'Frankenstein,' about 250 tickets per performance -- out of the Hilton Theater's approximately 1800 seats -- will be premier or premium, with less than half of those being tagged as premier."

Brooks' 2001 hit The Producers previously sold premium-priced tickets, with the priciest going for $480.  Since then premium tickets - for "seats in prime locations that could be purchased with less advance notice but at a boosted price" - have been offered by the producers of yet more on Broadway shows.

Robert F.X. Sillerman and Mel Brooks present The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, a new musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning smash The Producers, opening on Broadway November 8th 2007 at the Hilton Theatre (213 W 42nd St).  Previews begin October 11th, 2007.

The production stars Roger Bart (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Megan Mullally (Elizabeth), Sutton Foster (Inga), Shuler Hensley (The Monster), Andrea Martin (Frau Blucher), Fred Applegate (Kemp) and Christopher Fitzgerald (Igor).

Young Frankenstein, based on Brooks' 1974 film, features a book by three-time Tony Award-winner Brooks and three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. Young Frankenstein is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman.   Musical supervision is by Glen Kelly. The Young Frankenstein cast boasts four Tony Award-winners in Bart, Foster, Hensley and Martin.  Cumulatively, the production's creative team and cast have garnered  27 Tony Awards and 54 Tony Award nominations.  Young Frankenstein will play its pre-Broadway engagement at Seattle's Paramount Theatre August 7th - September 1st.  Tickets for Broadway will go on sale Sunday, July 15th.  

"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.  "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.'"

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