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Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein Terrorizes Niceville’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Mel Brooks’ classic Young Frankenstein is alive and headed to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville for one night only, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced FRONK-en-steen) as he attempts to create a monster with scary and hilarious complications.

Winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Musical, Young Frankenstein is monstrously good entertainment. Dr. Frankenstein, together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (pronounced EYE-gor) and curvaceous lab assistant Inga—and in spite of madcap fiancé Elizabeth—attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life.

The show features many moments from the classic 1974 film, plus brand new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Three-time Tony Award winner Mel Brooks is the brains behind the laughter. He wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book with his record-breaking team from The Producers, five-time Tony winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony winning writer Thomas Meehan.

All 1,650 seats in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage are no more than 90 feet from the stage, making every seat “the best seat in the house.” The center is just minutes from I-10 and the mid- Bay Bridge, and is easily accessible to patrons from surrounding communities.

The event is the final show of the 2011-2012 Broadway Series of national touring musical productions. Tickets are on sale by phone, Web or in-person from the Box Office for $45 each. There is a group discount of $5 off per ticket for group sales of 10 or more tickets. The Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and starting at 6 night of show. Call (850) 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

For more information about the 2011- 2012 national touring production of Young Frankenstein, visit www.youngfrankensteinthemusical.com.

Editor’s Note: We caught Young Frankenstein in March at Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre, and can’t say enough good things about it.