Young Frankenstein [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/2007
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602517534063
  • Catalog Number: 001037402
  • Sales rank: 9,617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:09)
  2. 2 The Happiest Man in Town (2:53)
  3. 3 The Brain (4:59)
  4. 4 Please Don't Touch Me (4:00)
  5. 5 Together Again (3:50)
  6. 6 Roll in the Hay (3:35)
  7. 7 Join the Family Business (4:18)
  8. 8 He Vas My Boyfriend (3:15)
  9. 9 Life, Life (3:19)
  10. 10 Welcome to Transylvania (1:12)
  11. 11 Transylvania Mania (4:34)
  12. 12 He's Loose (1:58)
  13. 13 Listen to Your Heart (2:52)
  14. 14 Surprise (4:00)
  15. 15 Please Send Me Someone (2:52)
  16. 16 Man About Town (1:48)
  17. 17 Puttin' on the Ritz (4:27)
  18. 18 Deep Love (3:14)
  19. 19 Frederick's Soliloquy (0:48)
  20. 20 Finale Ultimo (2:54)
  21. 21 Alone (1:54)
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Album Credits

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
Una 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Susan Stroman Executive Producer
Sheryl Gold Business Consultant
Angie Teo Digital Editing
Chris Roberts Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Need This Cast Recording!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A "Must Have"

    Saw the show in NY, the whole cast is AMAZING! The CD is perfection and the cast shines yet once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    I saw the show and it was amazing! I can't stop listening to this soundtrack! You MUST buy this soundtrack!

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