Decades after “Young Frankenstein” took the film world by storm, the curious revival of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is still fascinating audiences. The award-winning adaptation of Mel Brooks’ smash hit Young Frankenstein will take to the WVU Creative Arts Center stage on May 3. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
Based on the Oscar-nominated hit film by the same name, Young Frankenstein tells the story of Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein. Uprooted from New York City, the young doctor finds himself in hilariously troubled straits when he continues his grandfather’s work and revives a deranged monster. Through a series of amusing encounters, the cast digs up plenty of laughs along the way. This lively musical features memorable tunes like “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”
The movie earned two Academy Award nominations, including one for Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder’s script, and was also nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. That success has continued into the musical adaptation, which has earned three Tony Award nominations, four Drama Desk nominations and a consideration for Best Musical Show Album at the 2008 Grammys.
“The Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest! Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman pull out every stop with divine silliness and a touch of genius. Brooks’ lyrics are bright and witty. The book is great. The scenery is delicious. The special effects are among the cleverest things I’ve ever seen on stage,” says Clive Barnes of The New York Post.
Tickets are $43 to $48 depending on seat location and on sale now at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000. WVU students may purchase discounted tickets for $27 with a valid WVU ID at the campus box offices and at 304-293-SHOW (one discounted ticket per I.D.).
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