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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 Brooks’ Young 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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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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