Zany characters, hilarious dialogue, side-splitting lyrics and shocking special effects — that’s what will electrify the audience as Magic Circle Players present Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein.” You’ll be in stitches and dancing in your seat as the energy from the large cast ensemble brings a new meaning to the memorable line, “It’s Alive!”
Based on his cult-classic film, Mel Brooks wrote both the music and lyrics for his musical version of “Young Frankenstein.” Be prepared to sing along to such rollicking tunes as “The Transylvania Mania” and “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the one-of-a-kind, monstrously-funny song and dance rendition of “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”
Frederick Frankenstein — he pronounces it “Fronk-en-steen” — grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, inherits his grandfather’s spooky castle in Transylvania. Played by Chris Walsh, Frederick tries to restore honor to his family name but is quickly pulled into the role of mad scientist by his hunchbacked assistant, Igor (pronounced Eye-gor and played by Peter Ambrose) and sexy yodeler Inga (Jaime Walsh).
With the help of the castle’s fearsome housekeeper, Frau Blucher (Sandy Lundberg) and using mishandled body parts, the group creates a fire-fearing monster (Kevin Cohenour) who, of course, escapes to terrorize the town. Frederick’s diva of a fiancée Elizabeth (Julie Laube) arrives just in time to get involved in the madcap search for the monster.
The main cast is impressively rounded out by Jason Atchley as Inspector Kemp, Bill Bottomly as Ziggy, Steve Warner as Victor Von Frankenstein, and M.A. Smith as the Hermit.
Directed by Kathy Murdoch with Music Director Jim Frank and Choreographer Catherine Frates, “Young Frankenstein” brings Magic Circle Players’ 59th season to an animated close. This production of “Young Frankenstein” has a PG rating as Murdoch has carefully modified the script to reduce or replace instances of adult language and innuendos from the original film version. The director encourages musical comedy fans of all ages to attend.
Evening performances of “Young Frankenstein” are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays May 24, 25, 31 and June 1. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. on May 26. Due to public demand, two additional performances have been added: one which was on May 16 and an additional 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, June 1.
Tickets for the general public are available online at magiccircleplayers.com, by telephone at 970-249-7838, or in person at the Magic Circle Theatre box office, 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. Box office hours are 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and two hours before each performance. For more information, contact Murdoch at 970-596-9007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.