The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein

mar 17 - apr 9, 2017
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday; 2:00 PM Sunday
Run Time:
2 hours 20 minutes including 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

From the creators of The Producers comes this wickedly inspired re-imagining of the classic Frankenstein story!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein) finally succeeds in creating a monster to rival his grandfather’s, but not without some hilarious complications. With the help of his hunchbacked side-kick Igor (“It’s pronounced Eye-gore”), a leggy lab assistant, Inga, and fiancée Elizabeth, Frederick sets to work back in Transylvania to finish what his family started long ago.

Soon the whole audience will be “puttin’ on the ritz!”

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The performance on Sunday, Mar. 26, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

Awards and Nominations

  • 2008 Drama Desk Outstanding Lyrics nominee
  • 2008 Drama Desk Outstanding Orchestrations nominee
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Charlie Reese
The Monster
Adam Yankowy
Igor
Brett Spahr
Inga
Tricia Arvanis
Elizabeth Benning
Jackie Schmillen
Frau Blücher
Mary Bricker
Inspector Hans Kemp
Brad Church
The Hermit
Dean Messerly
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein
Christopher Rozenboom
Ziggy
Eric Layden
Ensemble
Emily Davis
Megan Helmers
Katie Herting
Jess Hoffert
Andrew Hughes
Jay Jacobson
Greg Kephart
Rachel Meyer
Lindsay Mickelson
Brent Nery
Don Rothweiler
Stephanie Schneider
Alexandra C. Stark
Tony Tandeski
Lexus Waymire

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Apr. 9, 2017
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein”  
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St.

From the creators of “The Producers” comes this wickedly inspired re-imagining of the classic Frankenstein story! Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, played by Charlie Reese) finally succeeds in creating a monster (Adam Yankowy) to rival his grandfather’s, but not without some hilarious complications. With the help of his mysterious side-kick Igor (“It’s pronounced Eye-gore.”; played by Brett Spahr), a leggy lab assistant, Inga (Patricia Arvanis), and fiancée Elizabeth (Jackie Schmillen), Frederick gets to work back in Transylvania to finish what his family started long ago.

The Playhouse cast includes Mary Bricker, Brad D. Church, Emily Davis, Megan Helmers, Katie Herting, Jess Hoffert, Andrew Hughes, Jay Jacobson, Greg Kephart, Eric Layden, Dean Messerly, Rachel Elizabeth Meyer, Lindsay Mickelson, Brent Nery, Don Rothweiler, Christopher Rozenboom, Stephanie Schneider, Alexandra Stark, Tony Tandeski, and Lexus Waymire. “Young Frankenstein” is directed by Maxwell Schaeffer, and is choreographed by Alison Shafer with musical direction by Brenton Brown.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” Performances: Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday

“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” Tickets
Ticket prices start at $25
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Charlie Reese is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Adam Yankowy is The Monster in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Visit Transylvania in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Left to right: Mary Bricker as Frau Blücher, Charlie Reese as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Patricia Arvanis as Inga, and Brett Spahr as Igor. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Werewolves spotted in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Left to right: Brett Spahr as Igor, Charlie Reese as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, and Patricia Arvanis as Inga. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Visit Transylvania in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Left to right:Patricia Arvanis as Inga, Charlie Reese as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Mary Bricker as Frau Blücher, and Brett Spahr as Igor. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Roll in the hay at “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Top to bottom: Brett Spahr as Igor, Charlie Reese as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, and Patricia Arvanis as Inga. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Charlie Reese is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Mary Bricker is Frau Blücher in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Charlie Reese is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Adam Yankowy is The Monster in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Patricia Arvanis is Inga in “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Roll in the hay at “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” Mar. 17-Apr. 9, 2017, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Left to right: Patricia Arvanis as Inga, Brett Spahr as Igor, and Charlie Reese as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. Photo by Steve Gibbons.