YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – “Puttin’ On The Ritz” at the Golden Gate

Tony Award winners Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley re-create their roles in National Tour, now in San Francisco through July 25th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, now at the Golden Gate Theatre, is a sure-fire summer crowd pleaser. It’s Vaudeville meets Broadway pizzazz – and it’s straight from the heart of author-lyricist-composer-producer Mel Brooks. The show follows the 1974 screenplay and magnifies iconic elements – the brae of horses at the name of “Frau Blucher”, Igor’s wandering hump, crazy-impossible sort-of S&M lab equipment, and horrific electrical storms provided by lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski and sound-genius Jonathan Deans.

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Anne Horak (Inga) and Roger Bart (Dr. Frankenstein)
Photo, Paul Kolnik

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Beth Curry (Elizabeth) and Cory English (Igor)
Photo, Paul Kolnik

The applause meter went hot for the more treasured scenes, especially the performance of Brad Oscar as the Hermit and the classic cabin scene with the Monster, played by the hulking Shuler Hensley. Leave it to Brooks to make sure there’s plenty of stage time for long-legged pretty girls. “Calling all blondes!” It’s 1934, and even if we are in a castle in Transylvania, everyone knows Hollywood glamour and the hit tunes of Irving Berlin.

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Shuler Hensley (the monster) and Roger Bart (Dr. Frankenstein)
Photo, Paul Kolnik

Mel Brooks’ insertion of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” into the most classical monster story ever is pure genius and brilliant Theatre. Likewise, using turn-of-the-last century composer Victor Herbert’s grand and climactic aria from Naughty Marietta, “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life!” for Elizabeth’s (played by Beth Curry) off-stage encounter with the Monster’s resuscitated love bone.

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, The National Tour
“Have you seen the Well-To-Do up and down Park Avenue?”
Photo, Paul Kolnik

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