80th Anniversary Season Closes With Electrifying New Mel Brooks Musical
Next to Monty Python “The Search for The Holy Grail”, the movie “Young Frankenstein is probably the most memorized and oft quoted films in history. Now that same hilarious movie has been turned into a musical by that zany creator Mel Brooks and called (drum roll please) “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein”. Go Figure. Jumping on this great opportunity, The Beck Center For The Arts will be presenting this comic masterpiece from July 11 through August 17, 2014 on the Mackey Main Stage.
This Broadway smash has been nominated for three Tony Awards and has been awarded Best Musical by the Outer Critics Circle. The “monstrously” entertaining musical comedy is based on Mel Brooks’ parody of classic horror films. Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are on sale now.
From the same mad-cap duo that brought you the Broadway hit “The Producers” (adapted from the movie of the same name) comes the heartwarming story of a young man trying to reanimate life using an old family recipe. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Frahn-ken-steen!) arrives at his father’s old haunt and reluctantly at first tries his hand at bringing back a corpse from the dead with often hilarious consequences.
The LA Times called this musical comedy “delightfully nutty! Glittering, buoyant fun that tickles its audience into high spirits…Classic Brooks!”
“Mel Brooks was an important part of my growing up. All his early movies had great power over me,” said Director Scott Spence. “His irreverent, afraid-to-go-nowhere style made his movies irresistible to me.”
The musical features direction by Larry Goodpaster with choreography by Martin Céspedes and a cast of thousands (well…maybe not thousands…closer to 26), with actors’ equity members Jamie Koeth as Frederick and Lindsey Mitchell as Elizabeth. This show will be the mad scientist’s dream come true.
Tickets are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors (65 and older), and $12 for students with a valid I.D. A $3 service fee per ticket will be applied at time of purchase. Preview Night on Thursday, July 10 is $10 with general admission seating.
Group discounts are available for parties of four or more. Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540, x10.
Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.
This production of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), sponsored by the John P. Murphy Foundation and Ulmer & Berne LLP, and is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming for all ages and abilities, including Creative Arts Therapies for individuals with special needs, outreach education, and free gallery exhibits.