Monday, April 2, 2012


When author Mary Shelley’s classic monster novel collides with the comic genius of writer Mel Brooks, anything can happen, so hold on to your head, hair and brains.  Mad experimentation and mad scientists are clearly on the loose and a rampage may happen at any moment.

The Palace Theater in Waterbury will be carrying on these deliciously dastardly deeds for three performances, Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, evenings at 8 p.m. and matinee at 2 p.m. with the national touring company.

Proceed if you dare into the Transylvania Heights castle, and then into the deep, dark dungeon-like laboratory where Frederick Frankenstein is working his black magic.  A reknown brain surgeon and professor from New York, Frankenstein has recently inherited the property from his grandfather, a clearly off-his-rocker but brilliant Victor Von Frankenstein.

Once in the castle, Freddie must decide his fate:  should he continue his grandfather’s deranged testing or run as fast as he can in the opposite direction?  Could a sexy and beautiful laboratory assistant named Inge sway his decision?  Will the endearingly odd shaped helper Igor be an aide or a hindrance?

Thanks to the imaginations of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meecham, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, the bandages are tight and firmly in place for a classic comedy masterpiece.

All this madcap adventure happens while singing and dancing to such sterling tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”  With lightning bolts and cracks of thunder, Mel Brooks has ventured wildly into new territory, first created by a nineteen year old Mary Shelley in her haunting novel about Frankenstein published in 1818.

For tickets ($48-68 ), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at
Ask about the special 4-pack for families.

Come see for yourself how easily Igor convinces Frederick, a brain surgeon, to forget about being the Dean of Anatomy at Yale University and, instead, follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and experiment, experiment, experiment.

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