Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review of DOMA's Musical Young Frankenstein

We saw DOMA's musical production of Young Frankenstein, which has received excellent reviews, and I have to agree that the production was very entertaining.

My original exposure to Young Frankenstein was the 1974 Mel Brooks' movie with Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, and other well known actors -- and this movie was so off-beat, irreverent, and absolutely hilarious. Even now, I still remember the roving hump on Marty Feldman's back, and Madeline Kahn's high-pitched song "the morning after."

DOMA's production captured a lot of the wackiness and fun of the movie production. Perhaps because of the nature of theater, there was an immediacy, a greater demand on the audience to participate in the story. The theater itself (in Hollywood) was small and intimate (I like small theaters), and the actors were at times in our midst.

I was impressed at the multi-talented actors/actresses who acted, sang, and danced. One could see that they were into their parts and gave it their all.

Since, at some point I had been interested in theater, I paid attention to the staging and props, which were all very cleverly done.

DOMA's production of Young Frankenstein was a first class job and great entertainment. If you want to see it, don't wait because the show's been going on; and order your tickets before you show up because they usually sell-out. And if you go there early, grab some small chorizo tacos at the the humble-looking small Mexican restaurant nearby.

Here's DOMA's writeup about the show:

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy 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.

Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. It will surely be the perfect opportunity for a production company to showcase an array of talents. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment.

Disclaimer: This show contains mature subject matter, use of strobe lights, fog, and hilarity.

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