Comedy genius Mel Brooks is to bring his musical Young Frankenstein to the West End stage.
Mel Brooks is currently working with long-time collaborator Susan Stroman on re-imagining his Broadway musical Young Frankenstein for the London stage. The musical, aptly name The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein opened on Broadway in 2007 to mixed reviews and ran for 485 performances before doing a national US tour. Brooks said ‘I really didn’t do it the kind of justice I should have when I did it on Broadway about eight years ago,’ ‘It was a little too big, and a little too much of a musical comedy, instead of the crazy, black-and-white, intense wacky comedy that I created for Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn.’
Written by Brooks and Tom Meehan, the show is loosely based on Mary Shelley’s novel — though this time it’s old Baron Frankenstein’s grandson, an American professor of neurology, who visits the family castle in Transylvania.
Brooks and Stroman will co-direct with Brooks concentrating on the comedy and acting and Stroman taking charge of the production numbers. Brooks has penned new material for the creature as he only had 1 number – a big song-and-dance spectacle featuring Irving Berlin’s Puttin’ On the Ritz – in the original Broadway production.
Notoriously known for charging high ticket prices, Brooks has vowed to ensure there will be cheap seats (£25-£35) for young people.
Brooks is yet to secure a theatre, however he is looking for something the size of the Prince of Wales.
Casting is yet to be announced!