Toledo Rep to present Young Frankenstein June 6 &7, 13-15,

Posted May 29th, 2014 by Elizabeth Cottle  Category: Community Interest


To end its 2013-2014 main stage season, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein” for nine performances in June. Based on the 1974 cult-classic movie, the musical tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a brilliant medical professor (played by Trent Dorner), who must go to Transylvania to settle the estate of his late grandfather , Dr. Victor Frankenstein (played by Patrick Flanagan). After arriving, he meets his new assistant Igor (played by Patrick Boyer) and the housekeeper Frau Blucher (played by Lydia Schafer). Frederick must decide whether to keep his respectable medical career and socialite fiancée, Elizabeth Benning (played by Lindsey Denham) or embrace his destiny and true love Inga (played by Kristen Kukic) and make a Monster (played by Reed Reamsnyder). Other cast members include Heath Huber as Inspector Kemp, Matthew Johnston as Ziggy the Village Idiot, and Brien Sewell as Harold the Hermit. Members of the singing and dancing ensemble include Aurora Coyle, Scott Dibling, David Driver, Emily Evans, Bridget Harrington, Joshua Mohler, William Perry, Dianna Reamsnyder, Jill Reinstein, Samanthia Rousos, Michael Rywalski, and Maureen Truffin.

The book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan is brimming with favorite jokes from the movie (“Put the candle back!”), slapstick, and sight-gags. Mel Brooks also wrote new music and lyrics for the show, and the audience favorite, Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” remains in the musical. The production is under the direction of Amy Spaulding-Heuring with music direction by Jamie Dauel and choreography by Ashley Nowak. “Young Frankenstein” will be performed at the 10th Street stage on June 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 22 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Toledo Rep box office from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419-243-9277. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office one hour before a scheduled performance.

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