It's never a good sign when one of the key principals in a new show is out with an injury, but that's the case with Roger Bart in Young Frankenstein. Bart has been sidelined, at least temporarily, with a lower back injury. As a result, he's missed some performances since the October 13 matinee.
First I heard of it was via Chris Caggiano of Everything I Know I Learned From Musicals, who posted his scathing review of the show on Monday. Chris saw understudy Matthew LaBanca in the role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, whom he described as "game and energetic, and almost letter-perfect in his knowledge of the role. The audience didn't seem to care that the actor playing the title character was out." A pity about the show itself.
Over at the New York Post, columnist Michael Riedel uses the opportunity to joke about the show:
Roger Bart, will be out at least until the weekend due to a bad back. (And he hasn't even read his reviews yet.)
Riedel goes on to say that the dark horse in this year's Tony derby may very well be Cry-Baby, especially since the buzz he's hearing out the Hilton Theatre ain't that great about Mel and his new show.
What's that line from the "Cell Block Tango"? Something about "He had it coming!"?!
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).