Wednesday, January 24, 2007
That's FrankenSTEEN: Just In Time For Halloween
What promises to be the year's most highly anticipated Broadway musical -- especially if it can retain all of its amazing workshop talent -- is Mel Brooks' hotsy-totsy Young Frankenstein. According to Playbill, casting notices have confirmed that rehearsals will begin in June aimed toward a fall opening on the Great White Way.
Most insiders have speculated that with Susan Stroman and Thomas Meehan doing for this film-to-stage treatment what they did for Brooks' The Producers (Stroman directed and choreographed while Meehan collaborated with Brooks on the book), the new tuner will likely replace the other after its six year run at the St. James.
While the workshop included Roger Bart, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian d'Arcy James, Shuler Hensley, Marc Kudisch, Cloris Leachman and Sutton Foster, there's no word on whether any of them will tread Young Frankenstein's boards, but it's a sure bet that many of them won't be able to resist. At least that's what I'm hoping!
Rest assured that I'm tracking developments of this one very closely.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Beauty Out On Broadway (January 17, 2007)
M-G-M: Movies-Going-Musical (January 3, 2007)
Young Frankenstein Workshop To Feature Monster Casting (October 11, 2006)