Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN | AUG 30 - SEPT 4
Book by: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by: Mel Brooks
Original Direction and Choreography by: Susan Stroman
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is ALIVE and causing mayhem on the Barn Theatre stage ONE WEEK ONLY August 30 through September 4 and is scientifically proven to be a monstrously good time!
The story unfolds following the death of the infamous Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein, creator of the Frankenstein monster of legend. His grandson, the esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen), inherits the castle and laboratory. Upon arrival in Transylvania, Frankenstein, played by apprentice Matthew Hommel, is confronted with a dilemma: does he continue to run from the family business, or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments in reanimating the dead?
Together with his oddly shaped, endearing helper, Igor (that's Eye-gor) – portrayed by Barn Favorite John Jay Espino, Frau Blucher (…whinny!) portrayed by Barn leading lady Penelope Alex, and his yodeling, beautiful lab assistant Inga portrayed by apprentice Ella Olesen, he succeeds in creating his very own Frankenstein monster portrayed by Patrick Hunter. However, his creation does not come without some slight – and hilarious – mishaps along the way, including an angry village out to stop him led by Barn Favorite Charlie King and the unexpected appearance of his “adorable, mad-cap fiancé,” Elizabeth Benning- played by Barn Favorite Melissa Cotton Hunter. The show’s raucous score includes “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and an unforgettable rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”
Based on the 1974 Mel Brooks movie, as the comical continuation of the classic novel by Mary Shelley, to unanimous critical acclaim, the film received two Academy Award® nominations and was also the recipient of the two highest honors accorded films of science fiction: The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and The Nebula Award, given by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, for Best Dramatic Writing. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN opened on Broadway on Nov. 8, 2007, and ran for 485 performances.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is directed by Brendan Ragotzy.
Musical Direction is by Matt Shabala, and Choreography is by Melissa Cotton Hunter.
Karsen Green is the Costume Designer, and Garrylee McCormick is the Hair and Wig Designer.
Set Design is by Steven Lee Burright, and Emily Boomer is the Properties Master.
Lighting is designed by Sammy Verdino, with Jake Ragotzy as Sound Designer.
Brett Burradell is the Technical Director.
Meet the Cast
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein - MATTHEW HOMMEL
The Monster - PATRICK HUNTER*
Igor - JOHN JAY ESPINO*
Inga - ELLA OLESEN
Elizabeth - MELISSA COTTON HUNTER*
Frau Blucher - PENELOPE ALEX*
Inspector Hans Kemp - CHARLIE KING*
The Hermit - STEVEN LEE BURRIGHT*
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein - JASON SEKILI
Ziggy - ANDREW TROSKEY
NICHOLAS BIDDLE*, MIRANDA ROSE BLOOD, AARON CZARNECKI*, ALLENA EVANS, MATTHEW FECKO, LIZZIE MAGUIRE, NOAH MCCULLERS, CAMERON PARK-MILLER, ERIC MORRIS*, LUKE RAGOTZY*, MICHAEL RICHARDS, JASON SEKILI, SOPHIE SHAHBAZI, JAMIE STOPCZYNSKI, ANDREW TROSKEY