Friday, March 16, 2012

Young Frankenstein is Alive at the Palace

Courtesy of the Palace
The national Broadway tour of the classic Mel Brooks’ musical comedy Young Frankenstein is alive, and coming to the Palace Theater in Waterbury for three monstrously entertaining performances, April 13 and 14. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at or at the box office,100 East Main St. Groups of 15 or more qualify for discounted ticket prices and should call the group sales hotline at 203-346-2011.

Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film,Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma.  Does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past, or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments, and in the process,  fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?

Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors ofTransylvania Heights, the show’s raucous score includes “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”

Released in 1974 to unanimous critical acclaim, the film version of Young Frankenstein received two Academy Award nominations, including one for Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder’s script, which was also nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Since its release, the film has become part of the national consciousness, and in 2000, was selected as #13 on AFI’s 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.

Young Frankenstein opened on Broadway November 8, 2007, at the Hilton Theatre and began its first national tour in September 2009. Young Frankenstein was named “Best Broadway Musical” in 2008 by the Outer Critics Circle.

As a special promotion, the Palace Theater is offering a 50-percent discount on family four packs of tickets purchased in the upper mezzanine for the Friday night and Saturday matinee performances. The discount is only available by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office.

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is the fourth presentation in the Palace’s 2011-2012 Webster Broadway Series, and is sponsored in part by WTNH/MyTV9.

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