'Young Frankenstein': Broadway Netflixes some inspiration

10718__youngfrank_lAh, Broadway: Like Blockbuster, but with a better color scheme.

The movie-musical resurgence awaits redemption (possibly in the form of Dreamgirls) after that Nathan Lane-spittle-soaked setback that was The Producers.  Meanwhile, the movie-to-musical is still going strong: Mel Brooks and collaborator Thomas Meehan are finally running some current through Young Frankenstein (pictured) their long-awaited follow up to The Producers. Broadway darling Brian D’Arcy James and born-again Aaron Sorkin survivor Kristin Chenoweth will play the leads originally assayed by Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn. And Cloris Leachman’s back as Frau Blucher! (tech guys, insert horses rearing and whinnying here –thanks! sb)

And that’s not all! With 2D images adjudged more and more dangerous, parents are rushing their kids to the 3D safe-haven of live theater! Well, not really, but wouldn’t that be good news for Disney, repurposer of undersea properties.  With one undersea movie-to-musical already in the works, the Pixar subsidiary will now musicalize Finding Nemo. Bruce the Shark, it is said, will perform a “punk” number. Is Rollins available? I’m guessing he is. Ah, but Nemo, unlike The Little Mermaid, won’t see Broadway anytime soon. It’s only a thirty-minute show, designed for theme-park performances.  But I’m guessing Rollins is still available.

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  • Amazing Larry

    You’re a little off – Kristin Chenoweth is playing the Terri Garr role, Sutton Foster is playing the Madeline Kahn Role.

  • Simon

    This bodes well for my all-singing, all-dancing version of “The China Syndrome.”

  • Ep Sato

    Thanks Larry, I was about to ask about that. Terri Garr was the main love interest in Young Frankenstein from my recollection.
    What has got me up late at night eating milk and cookies is who’s going to play Igor. Marty Feldman’s role as the sass talking hump having sidekick with the parting eyes was fantastic! At 5 years old, my first true attack of laughter came while watching Feldman’s scenes in Young Frankenstein. I hope the musical lives up to the fun of the movie.
    Any word if they plan to sing “Putting on the Ritz”?

  • Simon

    This bodes well for my all-singing, all-dancing version of “The China Syndrome.”

  • Simon

    This bodes well for my all-singing, all-dancing version of “The China Syndrome.”

  • mike

    Maybe they should have Igor sing “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith…

  • brandonk

    Oh, wow…I bet Kristin Chenoweth will do a great job with the Madeline Khan role! BTW, I liked “The Producers,” so there.

  • Amazing Larry

    Roger Bart is playing Igor.

  • HARRY

    Hey Scott grow a sense of humor if you thought the producers was bad what make you laugh Hostel?

  • Adam

    Yes, Irving Berlin’s estate did give permission for them to use “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.

  • Howard

    I think Kristin Chenoweth would do better with Inga, Teri Garr’s part. More stage time, and better laughs, at least ’til the end.

  • Ep Sato

    Adam, that is awesome! I’ll be there now for shizza!

  • The Dish

    New Frankenstein

    Mel Brooks + Broadway = Huge Success. Hello, “Producers.” So, it shouldn’t come as a shock that he’s taking another crack at it. Enter Kristin Chenoweth. In October it was reported that a workshop reading of a new musical…

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