Young Frankenstein is alive and doing well, thank you very much.
The classic horror film genre’s most iconic monster – neck bolts and all – comes to the stage on Friday, Feb. 27 as Pasadena City College presents “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein.” Adapted from Brooks’ 1974 comedy film of the same name, PCC’s production will feature the Theater and Music Departments’ brightest students as they resurrect some of cinematic history’s most beloved monster movie characters.
“I thought it would be a fun and educational experience for our students,” said Whitney Rydbeck, PCC assistant professor and director of the musical. “The characters in this production are from monster movie history that began in the 1930s with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney. These characters and story-‐telling style give our students an opportunity to explore this history from a 21st Century outlook.”
“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” which opened on Broadway in 2007, tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a skilled neurosurgeon who spends his life disassociating himself from his infamous mad scientist grandfather. When he discovers that he has inherited his grandfather’s castle, he moves to Transylvania. With the assistance of the hunchback Igor, an attractive lab assistant named Inga, and an old housekeeper Frau Blucher, Dr. Frankenstein discovers that some of his grandfather’s experiments might indeed work after all.
PCC’s stage production of “Young Frankenstein” will feature much of the same formula that made the original Brooks’ comedy one of the funniest American movies of all time. “The humor of Mel Brooks is dated, old-‐fashioned, corny and bawdy,” Rydbeck said. “It is also very funny. It shows that, in the right hands, humor is universal, even with old-‐fashioned, out-‐of-‐style material like this.”
“Young Frankenstein” opens at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27, followed by shows on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. All shows will be held in PCC’s Sexson Auditorium, in the college’s C Building.
Tickets are priced at $20 for general admission, and $15 for students/staff/seniors. For more information, please call (626) 585-‐7500 or visit www.pasadena.edu/pccartsevents.