Young Frankenstein

The New Mel Brooks Musical

Hilton Theatre, (11/08/2007 - 1/04/2009)

First Preview: Oct 11, 2007
Opening Date: Nov 08, 2007
Closing Date: Jan 04, 2009
Total Previews: 29
Total Performances: 485

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Transylvania and New York City

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Live Nation

Produced by Robert F.X. Sillerman and Mel Brooks; Produced in association with The R/F/B/V Group; Associate Producer: One Viking Productions and Carl Pasbjerg

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music by Mel Brooks; Lyrics by Mel Brooks; Musical Director: Patrick S. Brady; Vocal arrangements by Patrick S. Brady; Music orchestrated by Doug Besterman; Music arranged by Glen Kelly; Based on the story and screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks; Based on the original motion picture by special arrangement with 20th Century Fox; Featuring "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Irving Berlin

Directed by Susan Stroman; Choreographed by Susan Stroman; Associate Director: Steven Zweigbaum; Associate Choreographer: Chris Peterson

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Animations Designer: Joshua Frankel; Frankenstein Puppet: Michael Curry; Prosthetic Designer: John Dods; Associate Scenic Design: David Peterson; Associate Costume Design: Scott Traugott; Associate Lighting Design: John Viesta

General Manager: Richard Frankel Productions and Laura Green; Company Manager: Kathy Lowe; Associate Co. Mgr: Bobby Driggers

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates and Neil Mazzella; Associate Tech. Suprvr: Sam Ellis; Production Stage Manager: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Ira Mont

Musical Supervisor: Glen Kelly; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Patrick S. Brady; Associate Conductor: Gregory J. Dlugos; Reed 1 (Flute/Piccolo/Clarinet/Alto saxophone/Alto flute): Vincent DellaRocca; Reed 2 (Flute/Clarinet/Bass clarinet/Tenor sax/Eb Clarinet): Steven J. Greenfield; Reed 3 (Oboe/English horn/Clarinet/Tenor & Soprano sax): Charles Pillow; Reed 4 (Bassoon/ Clarinet/ Contrabass clarinet/Bari sax/Flute): Frank Santagata; Trumpet: Don Downs, Glenn Drewes and Scott Harrell; Tenor Trombone: Tim Sessions; Bass Trombone: Mike Christianson; French Horn: Patrick Pridemore and Judy Yin-Chi Lee; Concert Master: Rick Dolan; Violin: Rick Dolan, Ashley D. Horne and Helen Kim; Viola: Maxine Roach and Debra Shufelt-Dine; Cello: Laura Bontrager and Chungsun Kim; String Bass: Bob Renino; Drums/Percussion: Perry Cavari; Percussion/Mallets/Timpani: Charles Descarfino; Keyboard 1: Gregory J. Dlugos; Keyboard 2: David Gursky; Keyboard 3: Patrick S. Brady; Synthesizer Programmer: Randy Cohen

Special Effects by Marc Brickman

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Promotions/Marketing: Broadway Print and Mail; Dance Captain: James Gray and Courtney Young; Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht; Photographer: Paul Kolnik

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Opening Night Cast

Fred ApplegateInspector Kemp
Roger BartDr. Frederick Frankenstein
Christopher FitzgeraldIgor
(Oct 11, 2007 - Nov 23, 2008)
Sutton FosterInga
(Oct 11, 2007 - Jul 06, 2008)
Shuler HensleyThe Monster
Andrea MartinFrau Blucher
(Oct 11, 2007 - Jul 06, 2008)
Megan MullallyElizabeth
(Oct 11, 2007 - Aug 03, 2008)
Heather AyersMasha
Jim BorstelmannZiggy
Shoeshine Man
Paul CastreeHerald
Transylvania Quartet
Jennifer Lee CrowlEnsemble
Jack DoyleMr. Hilltop
Transylvania Quartet
Renée FederEnsemble
Amy HegginsEnsemble
Eric JacksonEquine
Ritz Specialty
Matthew LaBancaMedical Student
The Count
Kevin LigonMedical Student
Transylvania Quartet
Barrett MartinEnsemble
Linda MuglestonTasha
Christina Marie NorrupBasha
Justin PattersonMedical Student
Brian ShepardTelegraph Boy
Transylvania Quartet
Sarrah StrimelEnsemble

Swings: James Gray, Kristin Marie Johnson, Craig Waletzko and Courtney Young

Understudies: Heather Ayers (Elizabeth, Frau Blucher), Jim Borstelmann (Hermit, Inspector Kemp, The Monster), Paul Castree (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Renée Feder (Inga), James Gray (Igor), Matthew LaBanca (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Kevin Ligon (Hermit, Inspector Kemp), Linda Mugleston (Elizabeth, Frau Blucher), Christina Marie Norrup (Inga), Justin Patterson (The Monster) and Brian Shepard (Igor)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2008 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christopher Fitzgerald

 2008 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Andrea Martin

 2008 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Robin Wagner

Drama Desk Award

 2008 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christopher Fitzgerald

 2008 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Shuler Hensley

 2008 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Andrea Martin

 2008 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Susan Stroman

 2008 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Doug Besterman

 2008 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Mel Brooks

 2008 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

William Ivey Long

 2008 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Robin Wagner


music by Mel Brooks; lyrics by Mel Brooks
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
The Happiest TownVillagers
The BrainDr. Frederick Frankenstein and Students
Please Don't Touch MeElizabeth and Voyagers
Together AgainDr. Frederick Frankenstein and Igor
Roll in The HayInga, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Igor
Join the Family BusinessVictor, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Ancestors
He Vas My BoyfriendFrau Blucher
Life, LifeDr. Frederick Frankenstein
The LawInspector Kemp and Villagers
Welcome to TransylvaniaTransylvania Quartet
The Transylvania ManiaIgor, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Inga, Inspector Kemp and Villagers
ACT 2 Sung By
He's LooseInspector Kemp and Villagers
Listen to Your HeartInga
SurpriseElizabeth, Igor, Frau Blucher, Sasha, Masha, Basha, Tasha and Bob
Please Send Me SomeoneHermit
Man About TownDr. Frederick Frankenstein
Putting On the Ritz
(music by Irving Berlin; lyrics by Irving Berlin )
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, The Monster, Inga, Igor, Frau Blucher and Ensemble
Deep LoveElizabeth
Frederick's SoliloquyDr. Frederick Frankenstein
Deep Love (Reprise) The Monster
Finale UltimoThe Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Hilton Theatre

(11/8/2007 - 1/4/2009)
Assistant Stage Mgr: Julia P. Jones; Production Stage Manager: Ira Mont; Stage Manager: Àra Marx.

Violin: Una Tone; Keyboard 2: William Johnson; Assistant Conductor: William Johnson.

Press Representative: Leslie Baden.


Cory English
Igor (Nov 25, 2008 - ?)
Linda Gabler
Amanda Kloots
Beth Leavel
Frau Blucher (Jul 15, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009)
Michele Ragusa
Elizabeth (Aug 5, 2008 - ?)
Aaron Ramey
Transylvania Quartet
Angie Schworer
Lara Seibert
Ensemble (Oct 21, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009)
Kelly Sullivan
Inga (Jul 8, 2008 - ?)

Understudies: Linda Gabler (Elizabeth, Frau Blucher), Aaron Ramey (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Lara Seibert (Inga), Sarrah Strimel (Inga), Jon Patrick Walker (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Igor).

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