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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is coming to London’s West End

28 October 2016 1:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The stage version of Mel Brooks‘ classic 1970s movie Young Frankenstein is set for London’s West End in the autumn of 2017.

We’ve received work via an official release this morning that the production, based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film co-written by Thomas Meehan, will debut in Theatreland following a stint at the Newcastle Theatre Royal (26 August to 9 September 2017).

Brooks will once again collaborate with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman for this all-singing all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.

Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, see’s Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein.  He now faces a dilemma – does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in »

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11 Tony Award Records to Beat

25 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton,” the hip-hop retelling of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life, became the most nominated production in Tony history May 3 with a whopping 16 nods. While it’s deservedly the talk of the town, we mustn’t forget Broadway’s other record-holding musicals, plays, and the performers who made them great. We’ve rounded up some of the Great White Way’s reigning winners and record holders. MusicalsIt was certainly springtime for “The Producers” when it and Mel Brooks walked away with a record 12 Tonys in 2001, including best musical, best actor for Nathan Lane, and best direction and choreography for Susan Stroman. For most Tony nominations ever, “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot” are now tied for second place with a formidable 15 nods. PlaysWith a 2007 Broadway debut after a West End transfer, Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia” was nominated for a record-tying 10 Tonys and took home seven, »

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