This Franken­stein mu­si­cal is mon­strous good fun, with a bold score that will stick in your head, says di­rec­tor, theatre vet­eran, Tony Al­cock

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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.”

Young Franken­stein

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