The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein To Hold Media Preview

September 26, 2011

The Broadway Theatre League of Utica announced today that The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, which will be at the Stanley Theatre on September 27 and 28, will offer the media an opportunity to be a part of the wandelprobe for the show on Monday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Stanley Theatre.  A wandelprobe is a rehearsal where the actors, orchestra, and blocking all come together for the first time.

After the wandelprobe, the show’s executive producer, Kary Walker, and Broadway Theatre League’s executive director, John Fehlner, will be on hand to answer questions about the show and the tech process, which is new to the Utica area. A.J. Holmes (Dr. Frankenstein) and Rory Donovan (The Monster) will also be available for interviews following the wandelprobe.

Utica is Young Frankenstein’s first stop on its national tour. Patrons of the Broadway Theatre League’s presentation of Young Frankenstein, which is also known as a tech show, will be among the first to see the show with its new cast and crew working together for the first time. Utica’s being the first stop on such a tour is a great benefit, as the cast and crew need to stay locally for approximately 10 days.  The show’s total stay in Utica is expected to create a significant economic boost estimated at approximately $750,000 to $1 million, with cast and crew staying at our hotels, eating at our restaurants, and purchasing local products.

About Young Frankenstein:

Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks.  When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma.  Does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?  Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show’s raucous score includes “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”

The Cast:

A.J. Holmes (Frederick Frankenstein). Credits: University of Michigan, Ragtime (Tateh), See Rock City (Jess). Composer/Music Director/Pianist/Actor with Team StarKid (, A Very Potter Musical, Me And My Dick (Heart).

Rory Donovan (The Monster) is beyond thrilled to be making his national touring debut with such a fantastic production. Recent Credits: The Who’s Tommy (Minister Simpson) at the Berkshire Theatre festival. 2011 Graduate of University of the Arts (BFA Musical Theatre.) Thanks so much to Bob, Jeff, Tina and everyone at NETworks.

Kary M. Walker (Executive Producer) Mr. Walker was Executive Producer for Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago for 2 decades. Marriott became a musical theatre under his leadership and developed the largest musical theatre subscription audience in the U.S. Mr. Walker is a founding board member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and former President of the League of Chicago Theatres. For NETworks he has served as Executive Producer for tours of Kiss Me, Kate; Seussical; Contact; Cabaret; Annie; Rent; Sweeney Todd; The Drowsy Chaperone; A Chorus Line and Spring Awakening.

For more information about Young Frankenstein, or to purchase tickets for the upcoming show, call (315) 724-7196 or visit or

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