Saturday, November 10, 2007

IT'S Alive!





But maybe not for long, according to the early reviews.

Of all things, the latest musical play to premier on Broadway is an old friend. The musical remake of the Mel Brooks 1974 comedy, "Young Frankenstein". The Musical.
I have difficulty imagining the movie transitioning well onto the small stage, and sadly so do the reviewers of the New York Times.

Though not a blistering summation, the Times gives Frankenstein it's usual stuffy coverage as it does any given obituary.

Tickets are $450.00. Each. Enough of a shock to the system of nearly everyone I know, to stop, er, uh, start their hearts.

Maybe flush with the great Broadway success of Brooks' other camp film, "The Producers", Mel rolled the dice again with Young Frank.

If Brooks is a gambler, then he may just strike gold, with best two out of three, if he were to ever produce a musical play of "Blazing Saddles". Plenty of music in that funny, funny movie, too: "Old Man Ribber", "Camp Town Races", "I'm Tired (She's Tired!)", and "The Ballad of Rock Ridge" stand out as my favorites. What was that camp fire song, pictured, called again?
And it wouldn't be as if New Yorkers haven't heard that kind of language already... or even improved on some of it. And Knicks coach Isiah Thomas would be a natural for Black Bart! Now to just cast Heddy LaMar. That's HEDLEY.

4 comments:

Red S Tater said...

You're talking about two of my favorite all-time comedies...

Gene Wylder is awesome in both Young Frankenstein ...errr "that's Frahnkensteen"...and in Blazing, as "the kid"... "the bad news is, I shoot with the OTHER hand"..

Love the scene where Hedley is signing up badguys to kill the sheriff.

"no chewing gum in line"

twooooooooo funny.

and in young Dr...
Dr. Frank: "Igore, take the bags upstairs... IGORE: How 'bout you take the blonde and I'll take the redhead."


Don't think I'd throw $450 at it though... unless it was with the original cast!

Red S Tater said...

and since Peter Boyle has passed, it might take some real Frahnkensteen magic to make that happen.

One Southern Belle said...

Oh Mal, truly, truly you are a Renaissance Man! I don't know how you continue to come up with this stuff! Keep up the good work!

The Localmalcontent said...

Governor LaPetamine's great line, too: "Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work."