Mel Brooks’


Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson

JUNE 8 – AUG 31

A monstrously hilarious musical…
The grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of his sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and sultry lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Young Frankenstein has all of the panache of the classic film from Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks with a dose of theatrical flair, so you’ll be “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and having a monstrously good time!​
Musical Comedy, Farce | Recommended for ages 13 and up


Content Advisory

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Content Information: This production includes water-based fog and haze, flashing lights, and some loud noises. It includes some moderate adult language, innuendo, double entendre, and sexual content.

Please see CRT’s complete list of Content Advisories for additional information.


ASL-Interpreted Performances

Sign Language Interpreter Services - Disability and Access




Saturday, July 13 @ 7pm

During ASLinterpreted performances, American Sign Language interpreters are located near the stage. Patrons using this service will be seated in an area that gives the best sight lines to follow both the interpretation and the action on stage. One signed performance will be offered for each CRT production July 13-14.

Seating in the designated area (denoted by an ear icon) may be purchased online, through, or by calling the box office at (719) 658-2540 (voice).

Rehearsal photos by Brooke Ophoff

John DiAntonio

Amanda Berg Wilson

Director’s Note

Young Frankenstein is a 2007 musical, based on a beloved 1974 comic film, which itself is a parody of a series of 1930s horror films, themselves based on an 1818 novel. It has layers of references, homages, and parody: first and foremost to the beloved film and its indelible comic performances (Mel Brooks, who cowrote the film with Gene Wilder, also wrote the musical’s book) but also to big American musicals, to vaudeville, to the golden age of Hollywood, and to Gothic storytelling. The musical has in its marrow all that made Brooks’s sense of humor so singular—those vaudevillian tropes, physical comedy, parody of genre, pushing of boundaries, and bawdy sexual humor.

The fun of the musical is that it is fun, leaning into what is big and splashy about musicals, while also generously hat-tipping the film and its indelible performances by Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, and Cloris Leachman. It has a layer for those of you who love musicals; one for those who love the film; another for those who love vaudeville and physical comedy; and if you love all of the above—walk this way. Plus, it is not without a few perennial lessons: the peril in othering, the joy of finding your proper mate, the danger of a mob, and the futility in trying to outrun your family legacy. But mostly, it is fun.

I’ve been lucky enough to direct three shows at CRT that center women—2018’s 9 to 5, 2019’s Pride and Prejudice, and 2022’s Steel Magnolias. Kate Berry encouraged me to explore how Young Frankenstein does the same. The movie features three of the greatest comic actresses of all time (Kahn, Garr, and Leachman), and the musical also allows the women the lion’s share of comic opportunity. Letting women be as funny and raunchy as the men: its own kind of equality, indeed.


Director Amanda Berg Wilson
Music Director Michael O’Dell
Choreographer Diana Dresser
Asst. to Choreographer Bethany Eilean Talley
Scenic Design Kevin Nelson
Costume Design Anthony Sirk
Lighting Design Kevin Frazier
Sound Design Kyle Jensen
Dialect & Voice Coach Rebecca Bossen
Dramaturg Kae Twichell
Orchestrations Doug Besterman & Mark Cumberland​

Stage Manager Wilhelm Peters*
Asst. Stage Manager Miranda Ray
Asst. Stage Manager Meghan Kern

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Graham Ward*
The Monster Matthew Tyler Horn*
Igor Julian Ibarra
Inga Katie Drinkard*
Elizabeth Benning Heidi Carann Snider
Frau Blücher Anne Faith Butler*
Hermit Christy Brandt*
Inspector Hans Kemp Alan Ball*
Ensemble Cameron Davis
Ensemble Savanna Padilla
Ensemble Katie Rodriguez*
Ensemble Erik Sandvold*
Ensemble Sierra Stallman
Ensemble Bethany Eilean Talley


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Young Frankenstein (West End Version) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
“Puttin’ on the Ritz” Words and music by Irving Berlin© 1928,1929 by Irving Berlin (ASCAP) © Renewed Orchestrations by Doug Besterman & Mark Cumberland.
Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


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