Young Frankenstein

Sept. 12 - Oct. 19, 2014

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Young Frankenstein at Lakewood Theatre Company, Sept

Directed by Michael Snider
Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan,
from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock and licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited

IT'S ALIVE! From Mel Brooks and the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes the new monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein, opening September 12 at Lakewood Theatre Company.

Young Frankenstein features story by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. It is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder and directed by Brooks, who has described it as his best film.

With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” and “Puttin' On The Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.

Frau Blucher leads the way - Young Frankenstein at Lakewood Theatre CompanyWith stage direction by Michael Snider, choreography by Terry Brock and Michael Snider, and musical direction by Cyndy Ramsey-Rier, the cast of Young Frankenstein includes Evan Howells as the title character Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. The production also stars Leslie Irene Gale (as the doctor's love interest, Elizabeth), Danielle Valentine (as comely assistant Inga who sings a number called "Roll in the Hay"), Greg Gosser (as The Monster), Lisa Knox (as castle matron Frau Blucher), Tony Stroh (as Transylvanian policeman Inspector Kemp), Don Stewart Burns (a Hermit), and Burl Ross (as loyal hunchback assistant Igor). Parental note: Some scenes may not be appropriate for young viewers.

Performances continue through October 19, 2014 playing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, two Wednesday performances (Sept. 24, Oct 8) at 7:30 PM, Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM (Sept. 14, 21, 28), and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (Sept. 21, Oct 5, 12 and 19). The show sponsor is AKT CPAs, Advisors, Consultants.

WOW performance: Wednesday at 7:30 on Sept 24, 2014. At this Wednesday performance the theatre is continuing a new program called WOW: 25-35. For people 35 and under tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines. Come enjoy Wine on Wednesday (WOW) paired with a show at a discounted price.

The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.


Igor with abby normal brain - Young FrankensteinThe Story: Set in 1930s Transylvania, Young Frankenstein follows Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Evan Howells), an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, who inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein (Ken Hermens), and faces a dilemma. Does he continue to run from his family's tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather's mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga (Danielle Valentine).

In this musical rendition of the familiar story we are introduced to his quirky costars: hunchbacked Igor (Burl Ross), zany housekeeper Frau Blucher (Lisa Knox), and self-centered fiancée Elizabeth (Leslie Irene Gale). As Frankenstein’s monster (Greg Gosser) is brought to life, Dr. Frankenstein and his crew create a hilarious atmosphere on the stage as they run into many comical and sometimes scary complications along the way.

Vicor Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein at Lakewood Theatre CompanyWith original songs by Mel Brooks, such as “The Transylvania Mania,” “Deep Love” and Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” this monster of a musical is bound to thrill audiences from beginning to end. Director and co-choreographer Michael Snider says it best, “Brooks gives us everything we could ask for in one package: familiar characters and a story turned upside down with perfectly crafted jokes that just keep coming.”

Others in the cast include Tony Stroh, Don Stewart Burns, Sarah Allen, Patricia Alvitez, Kira Batcheller, Kimo Camat, Justin Canfield, Tasha Danner, Diane DeHaven, Amber Kiara, Kirsten Anya Kyllingstad, Carrie Morgan, Alexander Salazar, Terry Brock, Ethan LaFrance, Addam Stell, and Samson Syharath.  

The creative team includes director Michael Snider, assistant to the director Steve Knox, musical director Cyndy Ramsey-Rier, co-choreographers Terry Brock and Michael Snider, scenic designer Alan Schwanke, costume coordinator Marychris Mass, lighting designer Kurt Herman, sound designer Marcus Storey, hair designer Jane Holmes, stage manager Michael DeMaio, assistant stage manager Zachery Peak, and producer Kay Vega.


Photos:

Frau Blucherr charms the Monster - Young Frankenstein at Lakewood Theatre CompanyParental note: Some scenes may not be appropriate for young viewers.

“The Roqueforts are celebrated for their Roquefort cheese  / 
The Rothschilds are famous for their wines /
Hershey's have their chocolates /
And Liptons have their teas /
But when it comes to making monsters you can't beat the Frankensteins!”

Lisa Knox as Frau Blucher and Greg Grosser the Monster.

 Greg Gosser as the Monster in Young Frankenstein - Lakewood Theatre Company

Greg Gosser as the Monster

Vicor and the Monster in Young Frankenstein - Lakewood Theatre Company

Evan Howells as Frederick and Greg Gosser as the Monster

After a heated exchange - Young Frankenstein

Leslie Irene Gale as Elizabeth and Greg Gosser as the Monster