So the show. I haven't been a big fan of Mel Brooks because I feel like he is SO overhyped. Which he is! Everyone raves at how hilARious he is. YF is funny, I laughed a lot. A lot of things also went over my head. I didn't get why people were laughing at certain points...I didn't get why they WEREN'T laughing at other points. I understand it's a musical adaptation of the movie and maybe because I don't know the movie I didn't enjoy it as much as I should but I thought the show was just so-so. What did surprise me is how much I've been listening to the cast recording since the show. I picked out only a few fun songs when I saw it but since then I have been enjoying a lot more. I wonder how a second viewing of the musical would go, if I would enjoy it even more the next time around. I feel blessed that I was able to see the original cast. I would have been pissed if someone was out.
Rogert Bart played Fredrick Frankenstein, I'm sorry...FrankenSTEIN. While at times I felt like Fredrick was all over the place, I was pleasantly surprised at his performance. His voice was very strong and he had subtle moments that I thought were great. I still have a hard time believing that he's straight though....apparently he's dating his co-star...
Honestly her voice makes me feel things deep inside. And this show she was no exception. Like most characters in this show, she was completely underwritten and underused vocally but her stage presence made up for the fact that she only has two songs in the show. What I love about Sutton is how much of a triple threat she is. She has an incredible range, can dance her ass off, and is a great actress. Already since 2002 she has had leading roles in four musicals. I can't wait to see what she does next.
Andrea Martin and Christopher Fitzgerald also gave memorable performances as Frau Bucher (NEIGH!) and Igor (Igor).