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“It’s Alive!” – Relive the Dead with Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

By Anjida Sripongworakul

Tuesday 17 October 2017 Culture

Right in time for autumn comes musical comedy adapted from Mel Brooks’ famed 1974 masterpiece, overseen by the man himself.

A musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedic horror film lands in West End’s Garrick Theatre from 28 September, helmed by Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman. The musical, faithful to the film, tells the story of the legendary Dr.Frankenstein’s grandson, who, bothered by his forerunner’s notoriety, swears to have nothing to do with the former, pronouncing his own last name as “Frank-en-steen,” and, as fate would have it, becomes involved in reviving a dead human on his trip to Transylvania.

The talented Hadley Fraser (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) headlining as the titular character, Dr.Frederick Frankenstein, is joined by Ross Noble as his helper Igor, Frau Blucher as the fidgety housekeeper, and Inga as the tipsy-turvy Mel Brooks’ world’s lab assistant and leading lady. While Noble describes the production as “so energetic your feet barely touches the floor,” Fraser adds Brooks advised the cast on “what to do and how to be funny,” experiences which clearly shows on the musical’s trailer, as the cast dance, sparks magic, and gets spooked and spook each other across the stage.

The original, Oscar-nominated 1974 film, written with and starring Gene Wilder as Dr.Frankenstein, reintroduces Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Frankenstein with a Mel Brooks twist parodying the horror genre, and became the third highest grossing film in the year of its release. The film’s cast boasts three Oscar Winners, Hackman in tow, and three Oscar nominees. Brooks insisted on shooting in black and white, a rarity for a 1970s film, and in 2003, was preserved in the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The current musical run is a revival of the 2009 Broadway version.

So what are you waiting for? Head down to the Garrick and book your tickets for the musical today. Bands A and B tickets receive £10 off during previews, from today until 9 October.

Dr.Frankenstein and his pals cannot wait to welcome you for this fun-filled sing-and-dance journey!

The Garrick Theatre is located at 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH, UK.

Tickets can be bought online or at the box office, at prices from £20, for show-times at 7:30pm on Mondays through Saturdays and 3pm Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays

The show runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes, inclusive of one interval. Tickets can be booked in advance until 10 February 2018.


Anjida Sri

I'm a Management Science (Decision Science Stream) Master's candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Thailand, I'm as passionate about the science, psychology, and statistics behind decision making as I am about film and writing. I enjoy opportunities to combine my passions in reviewing, discussing, and analysing films. My major influences include the New Yorker's James Wood, classic Russian literature, and Richard Siken's poetry. I've written film reviews, celebrity profiles, and news and technology coverage for my undergraduate engineering newspaper, the University of Waterloo's Iron Warrior. I'm also a guest blogger and Student Blog Editor for LSE's Department of Management. I believe pop culture, current affairs, and critical, world-changing ideas are integral to student lifestyle, and I'm committed to representing students' reality outside the classroom to society and the world. I hope to continue investigating this theme through NUS' platform for student voices.