Hickory – The most anticipated show this season, the hilarious musical thriller, “The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,” begins its 10 performance run this weekend, beginning Friday, May 6 at 8:00pm at the Hickory Community Theatre.

The musical comedy is based on Mel Brooks’ 1974 film of the same name. The musical opened on Broadway on November 8, 2007 and ran for 484 performances. It won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical in 2008, and was nominated for three Tony Awards.

The story follows Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkensteen”), grandson of the infamous Victor von Frankenstein, creator of The Monster. Frederick travels to Transylvania to deal with his grandfather’s estate, meeting along the way Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), grandson of Victor’s henchman, the lovely Inga (a yodeling laboratory assistant), and the mysterious Frau Blücher.

Frederick is lured into creating another Monster, who ends up falling in love with Frederick’s finance Elizabeth. Musical numbers include “Please Don’t Touch Me,” “Transylvania Mania, “He Vas My Boyfriend,” “Surprise,” and, of course, “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays (May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (May 12 and 19) at 7:30pm and Sundays (May 15 and 22) at 2:30pm on the Jeffers Theatre Mainstage. Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and language. There are strobe lights and stage fog in this production.

Regular price adult tickets are $20 for Friday through Sunday; seniors are $2 off, children and students are $10 each. On Thursday nights, all adult tickets, including seniors, are $14 each.

For tickets visit the Theatre website at hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are Wed-Sat from noon to 5pm.

“The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” is produced by Corning Optical Communications, Catawba Radiological Associates, Delores Hammer DDS and First Citizen’s Bank. This show is the final Mainstage show in the Theatre’s 67th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World.

Photo: Standing is Tony Chambers, seated are Cody Watson and Carolyn Oursler.
Photo is by Ken Burns Photography.