Mackey Main Stage
July 11-August 17, 2014
216-521-2540 or http://www.beckcenter.org
It’s alive, alright!
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN review here or go to: http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local/article_6be3f0f0-0958-11e4-9a1f-001a4bcf887a.html
“Young Frankenstein” isn’t a well-written script and it has a weak musical score. Is the production bad? Not really. Martin Céspedes’s choreography added a creativity factor, and the second act on opening night was funnier than the first, hopefully indicating an increased comfort level of the cast with the material and the ability to have more abandonment. In spite of the negatives, audiences should have a fun time at Beck.
“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” now playing at the Beck Center for the Arts is a wonderful surprise. It is a highly ambitious project that squeezes out every inch of stage area as well as every ounce of craft from a very talented cast. This looks to be a monster hit for the Beck.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
There are plenty of entertaining riffs provided by the leads, even though one can see ways they could have gone farther with their characterizations. But the material is weak and wan (ie. "The Producers" it ain’t).
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at Cleveland Scene
On opening night those little nitrous busts of cleverness were too few and far between to deliver a sustained buzz.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.
"Young Frankenstein" does not represent the best work of director Spence, choreographer Cespedes, or The Beck Center. There's some bouncy act I tunes, but the indomitable "Putting on the Ritz" is the show's bright spot. It takes a long time to get there, however.
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