Mel Brooks' indelible comedy classic “Young Frankenstein” first came to Broadway 10 years ago and now the 3-D Theatricals production opens Friday, Oct. 6, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
The spoof of classic horror films from the 1930s, the musical revisits Brooks' 1974 "Young Frankenstein" film where Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (played by Gene Widler, who co-wrote and starred in the film) follows the footsteps of his infamous grandfather in being able to reanimate the dead.
Dino Nicandros plays Frankenstein in the 3-D Theatricals production. He revered Wilder growing up and said the role has been a challenge on multiple levels, but it has been a “neat opportunity” to follow in Wilder's footsteps.
“I try to attack roles from my own perspective and my own sensibilities,” Nicandros said. “The fact of the matter is that role belongs to Gene Wilder and there are certain ways in which he says things in the movie that are so spot on that you can't help but sink into some of his mannerisms. If it's not broken, don't fix it.”
Ashley Fox Linton tackles the role of Elizabeth, the fiancee of Frankenstein, made famous in the film by Madeline Kahn.
“My character is based on a 1930s actress, so I’ve been watching Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Bette Davis … this show is so silly I'm even stealing from Groucho Marx for my character,” Linton said.
Nicandros said the musical sticks closely to the plot of the original film.
“It branches off a little to throw to giant music numbers that expand upon some of the famous lines or themes from the movie,” he said. “It gives it that pizzazz and adds an extra element of comedy.”
“Because it's a spoof, everything is very dramatic, so that means it's vocally dramatic as well,” Linton added, “It definitely requires all of you ... every musical number is a giant dance number, everything is over the top.”
“Young Frankenstein” runs from Oct. 6 to 15, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Show times are Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. (preview); Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.
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