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“Mel Brooks Musical: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” Comes to the Central College Stage

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October 19, 2023

“It’s Alive!” The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Central College will present “Mel Brooks Musical: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” 7 p.m. Oct. 25-28 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Kruidenier Center on Central’s campus.

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, “The Producers,” comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapted his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!

The plotline focuses on the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) who inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

The original Broadway show was directed and choreographed by Susan Strohman. At Central, C.D. Adamson, associate professor of theater, is directing with musical direction provided by Sean Stephenson, associate professor of music. Cynthia Prickett-Beschel is the choreographer. Kate Kanne Smith, assistant professor of theatre, is the costume designer and Ron Rybkowski, technical director of theatre and lecturer, is serving as scenic and lighting designer.

The show is rated R for adult content and language. Children under 12 years old are not recommended to attend this show. Tickets are on sale at central.universitytickets.com.