A monster in a top hat, a crazed scientist, a yodeling lab assistant - only the smart and super-silly imagination of Mel Brooks could stitch together these goofballs into a big Broadway blowout called Young Frankenstein. Based on the super-successful 1970s film of the same name, the musical that includes a big galumphing monster stomping his way through Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz" has arrived in Houston.
Of course, Mary Shelley, who wrote the original book on a dare, might be rolling in her grave. Brooks moves the story to 1934. In the revamped plot, a New York scientist named Frederick Frankenstein must travel to Transylvania to settle his grandfather's estate. Once there, the brilliant thinker decides to take up dear old granddad's experiments. He cobbles together a creature out of grave-robbed body parts that include a big corpse with an enormous "schwanstaker." When Frankenstein's assistant drops the brain, he substitutes it with one from someone called "Abby Normal."
And that's just the first act. The fun really gets going once the monster gets loose. Mayhem and madness ensue, along with all those song and dance numbers that have made Susan Stroman into the Broadway powerhouse she is. See Young Frankenstein at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through June 6. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-622-7469 or visit www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. $26 to $69.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 25. Continues through June 6, 2010