Deep in the shadows, lightening sparks and legends come to life as Hingham Civic Music Theatre takes a ghoulish, zany, and mischievously funny turn with its debut of the Mel Brooks musical, ‘Young Frankenstein” continuing through Saturday, October 24. Based on the cult classic comedy film of the same name starring Gene Wilder, Gene Hackman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn, ‘Young Frankenstein’ offers a refreshing look at the classic Frankenstein tale by Mary Shelley and turning it on its comic ear as only Mel Brooks can do. With its haunting setting and faithful casting, ‘Young Frankenstein’ makes for a savory Halloween treat. Click here for more information.
Ominous vines and buildings creeping into the shadows is just a small part of the carefully detailed set and exciting special effects surrounding this globally talented cast. Directed by Kathryn Ridder, ‘Young Frankenstein’ parodies classic monster movies as Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson, after inheriting the family castle, must decide whether or not to take on the family business with surprising results.
With a gleam in his eye and a thick head of hair, Dan Goldstone, in the title role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, captures the spirit of Gene Wilder’s beloved character while navigating from intellectual, deadpan deliveries to unhinged hysteria. Goldstone slips right into this offbeat role through his sharp comedic timing and capable vocal range, especially during the numbers ‘The Brain,’ ‘Man About Town,’ and ‘Together Again,’ all depicted with snappy choreography by Janet Fortier.
Jamie Becker, shimmering in expensive dresses and jewels, is delightfully coy and a bit risqué as Frederick’s self-involved fiancé. Becker takes on this lively part, having last portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in Hingham’s ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ She relishes the role, showcasing a flexible vocal range as she belts out the numbers, ‘Please Don’t Touch Me’ and ‘Deep Love’ with unrestrained intensity.
Brendan Smith transitions from a smooth talker as Fagin in Hingham’s production of ‘Oliver’ to a man of few words as The Monster. While frightening as he towers over the cast in large black boots and tattered clothes, Brendan also possesses a certain clumsy charm teetering across the stage whether with a menacing frown or a crooked grin.
Brian Kenerson is humorously creepy in the wacky, iconic role of Igor. He shows excellent chemistry with each cast member, but shines with Goldstone, especially in the duet, ‘Together Again.’ Dressed in dour garments, Sharon Petti masters her portrayal of mistress of the castle, Frau Bleucher with a tight-lipped sternness and an air of mystery.
The costumes are remarkable and precise to the spirit of the musical, especially Inspector Hans Kemp’s complex costume, which lends to Benjamin Brennan’s entertaining performance. Music Director Chris DiBenedetto meticulously exhibits Mel Brooks’ distinctive humor, especially in their outrageous number, ‘Roll in the Hay’ and the impressive a Capella tune, ‘Welcome to Transylvania.’
Approach this monstrous time of year with some absurd fun as Hingham Civic Music Theatre presents their last two performances of ‘Young Frankenstein’ at Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street in Hingham, Massachusetts on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets and visit hcmt.org or email email@example.com for more details! Tickets are also available at the door. Like Hingham Civic Music Theatre on Facebook!