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Young Frankenstein [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

Young Frankenstein [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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The Producers, Mel Brooks' first foray into musical theater after a lengthy career as a writer/director/actor in TV and film comedy, was an enormous hit in part because it surprised people; Brooks had written songs occasionally for his movies (The Producers among them), but his competency in coming up with a full musical score was not expected, and it

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The Producers, Mel Brooks' first foray into musical theater after a lengthy career as a writer/director/actor in TV and film comedy, was an enormous hit in part because it surprised people; Brooks had written songs occasionally for his movies (The Producers among them), but his competency in coming up with a full musical score was not expected, and it won him a Tony Award. In fact, The Producers won Tony Awards for just about everything it could be nominated for and began a multi-year run. No small part of that success, however, was due to its two stars, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who turned out to be difficult to replace. Brooks' second attempt at a stage musical, Young Frankenstein, also based on one of his films, shouldn't have that particular problem. Roger Bart, who stars as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, was also in The Producers in a supporting role. He is given some strong support himself this time, in a cast that includes Broadway veterans Sutton Foster, Andrea Martin, and Shuler Hensley. But with his limited, boyish tenor, he doesn't really stand out. It would not be hard to imagine stronger stars who might replace him and continue the show's run, starting with Broderick if he were willing. Among the supporting cast, Martin makes the strongest impression as Frau Blucher, singing a song developed out of the famous movie line, "He Vas My Boyfriend." Foster, typical for any Brooks effort, is expected to be a cheerfully slutty vamp, which is just not the sort of part to which she's suited. (This is a Broadway star who shone in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, and even Little Women, but a sexpot she's not.) Hensley, as the Monster, doesn't get to do much musically except, of course, wail his way through Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz," as Peter Boyle did in the movie. Without star power, then, the show relies more than The Producers did on Brooks' score, which consists of pastiches of 1930s show tunes, keying off the musical's overall parody of the 1931 Frankenstein film directed by James Whale. Typically, Brooks leans on mild and explicit vulgarities and sexual references as punch lines; his is not a humor of wit, so much as old-fashioned bawdiness, of course. It's sophomoric by definition, but in a movie as well as a stage show, there's so much of it that it overwhelms the audience until laughter is extracted, willingly or not. On a mere cast album, however, it rarely seems funny. So, one is left with mediocre evocations of the style of Berlin, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin, plus dirty words.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/25/2007
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602517534063
catalogNumber:
001037402
Rank:
1049

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Performance Credits

Martin Agee   Violin
Mike Christianson   Bass Trombone
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Charles Descarfino   Percussion
Donald Downs   Trumpet
Jack Doyle   Vocals
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Steve Greenfield   Woodwind
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Kevin Ligon   Vocals
Andrea Martin   Vocals
Barrett Martin   Vocals
Richard Brice   Viola
William Ellison   String Bass
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Maxine Roach   Viola
Rick Dolan   Violin,Concert Master
Charles Pillow   Woodwind
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Laura Bontrager   Cello
Perry J. Cavari   Drums
Frank Santagata   Woodwind
Roger Shell   Cello
Ashley Horne   Violin
Roger Bart   Vocals
Eric D. Jackson   Vocals
Shuler Hensley   Vocals
Megan Mullally   Vocals
Linda Mugleston   Vocals
Patrick Pridemore   French Horn
Fred Applegate   Vocals
Paul Castree   Vocals
Christopher Fitzgerald   Vocals
Gregory J. Dlugos   Keyboards
Jessica Troy   Viola
Sutton Foster   Vocals
Brian Shepard   Vocals
Amy Heggins   Vocals
Justin Patterson   Vocals
Jim Borstelmann   Vocals
Louise Owen   Violin
Scott Harrell   Trumpet
Tone   Violin
Craig Johnson   Violin

Technical Credits

Mel Brooks   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer
Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Douglas Besterman   Producer
Frank Filipetti   Engineering
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes,Synopsis
Chris Jennings   Pro-Tools
Susan Stroman   Executive Producer
Sheryl Gold   Business Consultant
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer

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Young Frankenstein [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw the show in NY, the whole cast is AMAZING! The CD is perfection and the cast shines yet once again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The show was amazing and I though the soundtrack was amazing too. The whole cast sounds wonderful and this is one of the best musicals ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the show and it was amazing! I can't stop listening to this soundtrack! You MUST buy this soundtrack!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having seen the pre-Broadway tryout in Seattle and loving it, I was eager to acquire the cast recording of this musical. Fantastic! Wonderful songs, great lyrics, performances are great and story is fun. This should grace any musical theatre buff's cast recording collection.
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