Usin’ the Abby-Normal Brain

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was a revolutionary novel that questioned the human condition and made insightful social commentary on the industrial and scientific revolutions of the early 1800s. Mel BrooksYoung Frankenstein does none of those things — but it does have musical numbers. And who doesn’t want to see a reanimated seven-foot corpse with an abby-normal brain perform “Puttin’ On the Ritz” in a top hat and coattails? Mel Brooks fans will be thrilled by the addition of two more numbers — “Transylvania Mania” and “He Vas My Boyfriend” — and will have to force themselves not to quote out loud from the film. Shelley fans… will do none of those things. Yes, the Brooks classic has been made into a Broadway musical, and it’s pronounced Fronkensteen. It begins Thursday and runs to Sunday, October 17, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25 to $69. Preshow dinners are available October 9 and 16. Call 954-462-0222, or visit
Thu., Oct. 7, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 17, 2010

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