5 Reasons to see Young Frankenstein

Posted on 11 May 2018

It’s currently been 12 hours since I left the Garrick theatre and my sides still hurt from laughing. I warn you now, Young Frankenstein is beyond hilarious and you’ll probably leave the theatre with considerably stronger abdominal strength than you entered with. So, if you’re sore the day after, you can’t say you weren’t warned. It’s clear what I think the main reason you should see this wonderful musical is, but the reasons don’t stop there.

  • Story – No musical, no matter how good the songs are, is complete without a gripping story to carry it through. Yes, the singing, dancing and all the dramatization is the forefront, but they need the backbone of a great tale. ‘Young Frankenstein’ certainly delivers on this front. It’s assumed that everyone has at least a minor knowledge on the infamous tale that is ‘Frankenstein’ (the grandfather of our lead man Frederick Frankenstein) but it’s not necessary to be a fan or even know much about the classic in order to enjoy this musical. You’ll be so caught up in twists of the tale, that you won’t be thinking about the original Frankenstein.
  • Songs – Now, we have the great set up of a story, this musical comes together with silly songs that move the show along and bring the tale to life (much like Frankenstein with his creature). Yes, the songs can be rather silly but that doesn’t mean they are without all that make a brilliant sound score and it certainly doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be taken seriously. It takes great talent to write songs that not only tell a story, enable many innuendos but also have you trying to tame your own laughter.
  • Set – After having seen many plays and musicals in the West End, I have been spoiled by some of the greatest sets, props and staging that is on offer, but that doesn’t take away from my appreciation of each new one I see. Each set adds to the story in its own way, the individuality of this backdrop is what’s important because it’s point is to create that setting. In ‘Young Frankenstein’ they aren’t afraid to break the fourth wall and often make jokes out of “low-budget cliché horror films” and the set perfectly adds to this, with it’s painted backdrops and its cheesy props.
  • Cast – No matter how great a musical is, whether it’s got the best sound score, the greatest choreography, the flashiest set and props, it wouldn’t stand a chance if it didn’t have a strong cast to channel the creativity and give it a lease of life (pun intended). Singing, dancing, acting, perfect comedic timing -  this cast has it all. They take what is a really good musical and sew star quality all the way through and will have you clapping your hands until they’re numb.
  • Comedy – Back to my main point; this is without a doubt the funniest night out the West End has to offer. It’s full of mild adult humour and innuendos, it’s silly and unashamedly so. You’ll be howling all night long and will no doubt leave the theatre elated on the feel-good vibes that oozes from this memorable musical. I cannot express anymore just how tickled this musical will leave you so please make sure you don’t miss out.

Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein ends its run at the Garrick Theatre 25 August. To avoid disappointment and guarantee the best seats at the best prices book your tickets here.

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By Jade Ali

A love for theatre stemmed from my love of literature and music, but the West End on my doorstep opened up a whole new appreciation and passion for all things stage-y