Ge­n­e­sius Theatre an­nounces ‘Young Franken­stein The Mu­si­cal’

Thir­teen per­for­mances sched­uled, start­ing Fri­day the 13th thru Oct. 28

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT - Ge­n­e­sius Theatre

From the com­edy ge­nius, Mel Brooks, comes this mon­strous new mu­si­cal, “Young Franken­stein,” based on Gene Willder’s and Brooks’ hys­ter­i­cal sendup of their clas­sic film of the same name. Ge­n­e­sius will bring this haunting cre­ation to life on Fri­day, Oct. 13, for 13 lucky per­for­mances. Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Mee­han, mu­sic and lyrics by Mel Brooks and was orig­i­nally di­rected and chore­ographed on Broad­way by Su­san Stro­man.

This wickedly in­spired mu­si­cal re-imag­ing of the Franken­stein leg­end fol­lows young Dr. Franken­stein, his odd and en­dear­ing helper, Igor, his gor­geous as­sis­tant, Inga, and his mad­cap fi­ancé, El­iz­a­beth … oh, and a singing-danc­ing mon­ster in a tuxedo. A zany mon­ster mash-up per­fectly filled with high-en­ergy Broad­way style tunes. And, be very afraid … there is in­nu­endo and sub­ject mat­ter that is clas­sic Mel Brooks ma­te­rial.

“Young Franken­stein The Mu­si­cal,” tells the story of the grand­son of the in­fa­mous Vic­tor Von Franken­stein, Fred­er­ick, who in­her­its his fam­ily’s es­tate in Tran­syl­va­nia. Fred­er­ick, ex­claims, “It’s alive!” as he brings to life a crea­ture to ri­val his grand­fa­ther’s mon­ster and finds him­self in the mad-sci­en­tist shoes of his an­ces­tors. Even­tu­ally, of course, the mon­ster es­capes and the hi­lar­ity is non-stop!

Ev­ery bit as rel­e­vant to au­di­ence mem­bers who will re­mem­ber the original as it will be to new­com­ers, Young Franken­stein has all the of panache of the screen sen­sa­tion with a lit­tle ex­tra the­atri­cal flair added. 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.

“Movie fans love ‘Young Franken­stein,’ recit­ing many of the sig­na­ture lines by heart,” says Ge­n­e­sius artis­tic pro­ducer and direc­tor of the mu­si­cal, L J Fe­cho. “Young Franken­stein” was nom­i­nated for three 2008 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award for Best Mu­si­cal Show Al­bum, and was the win­ner of the Outer Crit­ics Cir­cle Award for Best Mu­si­cal. It ran on Broad­way from 2007 to 2009 and toured the U.S in 2010 and 2011.

The Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Ge­n­e­sius artis­tic pro­ducer, L J Fe­cho, mu­sic di­rected by Christo­pher Sperat, chore­ographed by Jen­nifer Parker Scott of Monarch Dance Stu­dio and con­ducted by David James Neel. Set de­sign by Bran­don Kegerize, light de­sign by, Spencer Moss Fe­cho & L J Fe­cho, cos­tume de­sign by Cathy Miller, hair/makeup de­sign by, Kim Siegel of United Artist Sa­lon and sound de­sign by Al­bert Gar­cia of Eko En­ter­tain­ment, LLC. The set, is con­structed by John Bi­gos, Betty Ger­st­ner, and Bran­don Kegerize, and the show is stage man­aged by Sophia Mattes.

The Ge­n­e­sius pro­duc­tion fea­tures a di­verse cast of ap­prox­i­mately thirty tal­ented ac­tors, singers and dancers. The cast in­cludes James Hag­gerty as Dr. Fred­er­ick K. Franken­stein, Joey Mo­ray as the Mon­ster, Jef­fery Flem­ming as Igor, Emily Rhine­hart as Inga, Anita Lewis as El­iz­a­beth Ben­ning, Cathy Miller as Frau Blücher (horses whinny), Jon Brown­ing as In­spec­tor Kemp & The Her­mit, Jor­dan Bay­lor as Dr. Vic­tor Von Franken­stein, and Ben Jupina as Ziggy.

Ge­n­e­sius is a 501-C-3 Non-Profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Ge­n­e­sius, 2017 Sea­son, is spon­sored by Sandy Sol­mon and Doug Messinger of Sweet Street and the Lead Show Spon­sor is Fe­cho Pro­duc­tions – A Christ­mas Carol on the Coach in West Read­ing 2017. Ge­n­e­sius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street, Read­ing, PA 19601

Mel Brooks’ – Young Franken­stein – opens Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13 and runs 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28 - Show times– Wednesday, Thursday, Fri­day at 7:30 PM, Saturday’s (Only Oct 21 and 28 has 2 per­for­mances) at 2:00 & 7:30 PM and Sun­day’s at 3:00 PM. PRICE RANGE – Stu­dent $17.50, Se­nior $22.50, Adult $28.50, Pre­mium Seats $30.00 and Deluxe Seats $33.00. — Spe­cial dis­count night - Thursday, Oct. 19, only. Stu­dent Tick­ets are $15 and all other seats are $20.00. For tick­ets please visit - www.gen­e­sius­d­if­fer­; 610-3739500 card fees apply. Tick­ets also avail­able at the door.

The play is PG-13-Rated - Ge­n­e­sius Theatre is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble and there is free park­ing (lim­ited spa­ces avail­able) next to the the­ater. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the the­ater at


James Hag­gerty as Fred­er­ick Franken­stein. ‘Young Franken­stein The Mu­si­cal,’ tells the story of the grand­son of the in­fa­mous Vic­tor Von Franken­stein, Fred­er­ick, who in­her­its his fam­ily’s es­tate in Tran­syl­va­nia. This pro­duc­tion be­gins run­ning Oct. 13 at Ge­n­e­sius Theatre.

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