Despite lackluster reviews for its last outing for a live musical production–The Little Mermaid Live was almost universally panned upon airing–ABC is not giving up on the live musical trend, and their next pick, according to Entertainment Weekly, is Young Frankenstein!
Based on the classic Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder movie from 1974, Young Frankenstein opened on Broadway in November of 2007 with a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks.
The musical was mounted following the success of Brooks’ The Producers which garnered more Tony nominations and wins than any show in history at the time.
The musical opened to mixed reviews and was later revised when it was taken to London where the show received more positive reviews at that time.
Roger Bart (The Producers) appeared as Frederic Frankenstein in that original production alongside Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace) as Elizabeth, Sutton Foster (Younger) as lab assistant Inga, Shuler Hensley (Van Helsing) as the Creature, Andrea Martin (Black Christmas) as Frau Blucher, and Christopher Fitzgerald (Revolutionary Road) as Igor.
Young Frankenstein is based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel as well as the 1931 classic film adaptation and its sequel Son of Frankenstein. It is arguably Brooks’s most successful and well-known film, and a favorite among genre fans.
There is no word yet on an air date for this live television production–it would be perfect for a Halloween airing–nor is there word yet on casting for Young Frankenstein Live. Mel Brooks will serve as the producer on the show.
Stay tuned to iHorror for more news on the production as it becomes available.