PARODY BRASSY & BOLD
This Frankenstein musical is monstrous good fun, with a bold score that will stick in your head, says director, theatre veteran, Tony Alcock
Having directed musicals for more than 40 years, Tony Alcock knows that each and every piece is an individual entity.
The theatre veteran’s latest project Young Frankenstein is no different.
Alcock will raise the curtains on the Mel Brooks parody at Spotlight Theatre tomorrow night and says it’s a very broad comedy.
Based on the 1974 film of the same name, Young Frankenstein follows Frederick Frankenstein as he unwillingly mirrors his grandfather and becomes the mad scientist he was always meant to be.
The local production stars Brad Kendrick, Kieton Bielby, Rebecca Morgan, Tess Burke, Jess Papst, Simon Stone, Ash Simpson, Rory Schiele, Joel Beskin and Martin Jennings.
It also features Ameika Bass, Dom Bradley, Alex Breen, Jordan Briggs, Jordan Brinsley, Jayme Darcy, John Davidson, Brock Dunstan, Hayley Green, Kellie Niebling, Jackie Pointing, Zoe Richards, Adam Sealey, Lauren Smithers, Dana White, Harley Wilson and Terri Woodfine. With the cast varying from a 16-year-old to an octogenarian, Alcock says some of the younger stars are discovering new humour.
“The movie came out in ’74 so for the younger troupe of performers it’s all new,” he says.
“Mel Brooks is a writer of parodies. It’s very broad Jewish-American humour with a lot of innuendo. Good solid humour. It’s not vulgar, but bold.”
Alcock says the hilarity of the piece is already evident: “I haven’t laughed this much in rehearsals since 2004”.
“It’s a funny show and one of my favourite movies,” he says.
“It’s a big show. We have recreated all the scenes for the theatre – revolving bookcases, operating tables.”
With such memorable tunes as The Transylvania Mania, He Vas My Boyfriend and Puttin’ On The Ritz, Alcock says Young Frankenstein is monstrously good entertainment.
“It’s got a knockout big brassy score,” he says. “The music is big and bold. You might not know (the songs) but you come out humming the tunes. They stick in your head.”
Alcock says he also expected the audience to leave the theatre feeling well entertained.
“Anyone who has seen the movie will be satisfied and if you haven’t seen it, you are in for a good laugh,” he says.
“The way the world is these days you need a good laugh. If you don’t get one from this show then something’s wrong.”