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Kristin Chenwoeth in young frankenstein

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Kristin Chenwoeth in young frankenstein #1
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:11am
In this video it says she was supposed to be in Young Frankenstein, but she doesn't specify a character.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrF6qXAq7gI&feature=channel
Updated On: 9/27/09 at 10:11 AM
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she was supposed to play Elisabeth (madeline kahn's character) and she chose to do Pushing Daisies instead.
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Good choice...
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I thought she was supposed to be Inga.
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No she was to play Elizabeth. She did the role in the reading and was to have done the show but chose to take Pushing Daisies when it was offered over YF.
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Emmy vs. epic flop... She made the vastly superior choice.
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"Emmy vs. epic flop... She made the vastly superior choice."

Yes, but now I am curious to see her Elizabeth.
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Wasn't "Deep Love" written for Chenoweth? Or at least written when Chenoweth was involved in the project?
I would love to see her take in both "Please Don't Touch Me" and "Deep Love" as I think her particular brand of humor would work wonders in both numbers.
And yes, Chenoweth picked PUSHING DAISIES over the Broadway FRANKENSTEIN, but she was part of the pre-Broadway workshop with Sutton Foster, Roger Bart (I think as Igor), and I want to say Chloris Leachman, but someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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I heard Cloris was involved.
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Per a New York Post article dated October 11, 2006... here is the cast that took part in that first workshop reading of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN:

Susan Stroman--who previously won a Tony for staging Brooks' The Producers--will direct the workshop, which will be performed for prospective backers.  

Joining Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) as Elizabeth (the Madeline Kahn role), Tony Award-winner Shuler Hensley (Tarzan, Oklahoma!) as Frankenstein's Monster and Tony Award-nominee Marc Kudisch (See What I Wanna See, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as the Police Inspector, will be Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Inga, Roger Bart (The Producers) as Igor, and Cloris Leachman (reprising her film role) as Frau Blucher. 

Casting is currently underway for the title role, which was created by Gene Wilder in the film.  Although first choice Hugh Jackman was too busy, "Saturday Night Live" star Jimmy Fallon and TV star Tom Cavenaugh are reportedly both under consideration.


Updated On: 9/27/09 at 07:07 PM
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Thanks for the cast list, Brody. I want to say Brian D'Arcy James played Dr.Frankenstein in that workshop, though I may be getting confused with the fact he was once under consideration for the role, as was Hunter Foster (though I doubt the latter was seriously considered with sister Sutton playing Inga). From that article it seems that every actor was considered for the role and I imagine Jackman, Fallon, and Cavanaugh all decided to pass on it.
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"Although first choice Hugh Jackman was too busy..."

I was never aware that they considered Jackman for Dr. Frankenstein. That would've been quite interesting!
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re: Kristin Chenwoeth in young frankenstein #13
Posted: 9/27/09 at 11:37pm
yes Kristin was to play elizabeth like everyone said, and Hugh Jackman and Eric McCormack were considered for the part of Victor, Hugh Jackman being their first choice.. also while Roger bart was out during most of the previews.. They were looking at actors for a replacement if he could not do the show anymore, and they again went to Hugh Jackman as a possible replacement.

Cloris Leachman was originally to reprise her role as Frau, and played the role in the original workshop reading.. but was later sent a letter saying she would not be cast further in the project. They felt they wanted to make the film and the musical two separate things, and didn't feel she could handle the physical aspects that would now be with the character... Later after seeing her on Dancing with the Stars, Mel Brooks took back what he said, and asked her to join the cast as Frau to replace Beth Leaval whom had replaced Andrea Martin... the show however closed before she'd resume the role.
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re: Kristin Chenwoeth in young frankenstein #14
Posted: 9/28/09 at 12:18am
Norbert Leo Butz was also flat out offered the role of Dr. Frankenstein after Brooks saw him in DRS. It was described in an article about Butz and "Speed the Plow" but I'm too lazy to look for it right now.

I for one would have LOVED to see his take on the role.
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That's the one. =) Thanks sunday.