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indiedan
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posted June 13, 2007 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Leachman Campaigns for Role in Broadway's 'Young Frankenstein'


Cloris Leachman, who played Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks's 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein, is reportedly upset that Brooks did not cast her in the Broadway musical version of the film and is lobbying Brooks to change his mind, the New York Post reported today (Wednesday). According to the newspaper, Leachman, 81, has enlisted former Variety columnist Army Archerd in her campaign. The Post's "Page Six" column quoted insiders as saying that Leachman had "a wonderful audition. ... She was involved in a workshop recently and everyone loved her." But Brooks reportedly told Archerd, "We're afraid the show might stop her -- it could kill her." And a spokesperson for the production said, "In the end producers thought the physical demands of doing eight performances a week were too much to ask of her."

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posted June 15, 2007 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Leachman Challenges Brooks To Duel To Win Stage Role


Veteran actress Cloris Leachman has challenged theatre star Mel Brooks to a fight so she can prove she is healthy enough for a role in his forthcoming Broadway musical Young Frankenstein. Leachman, 81, was devastated to learn she had been snubbed for the part of Frau Blucher, Dr. Frankenstein's household servant - a role she originally played in the 1974 movie version of Young Frankenstein - despite having reportedly breezed through the audition process. Theatre insiders told New York Post's gossip column, Page Six, "(Leachman had) a wonderful audition... She was involved in a workshop recently and everyone loved her... but it was obvious she was too old." And Brooks, 80, fears the Broadway musical would be too strenuous for the star. He tells former industry columnist Army Archerd, "We're afraid the show might stop her - it could kill her... We don't want her to die on stage." But Leachman's representative Steve Rohr says, "Cloris challenges Mel to three rounds in the ring, and we'll see who's left standing."

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posted September 06, 2007 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthorAuthor   Click Here to Email AuthorAuthor     Edit/Delete Message
When does this open on Broadway? I'll be in New York this November and it sounds like something I would like to see. I love the movie and I loved the Producers.

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posted November 09, 2007 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Broadway Critics Slam Musical 'Frankenstein'


Critics are puttin' on the razz for Mel Brooks' attempt to recreate his 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein as a Broadway musical. "The show takes many of the elements that made The Producers such a delight and then saps them of their joy by overselling them," Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times.Out of town critics who converged on Broadway for the opening were even harsher. In the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones called it "a colossal -- and, boy, is this show a monster -- disappointment." Peter Marks in the Washington Post described the show as "a teeter-tottering patchwork of slipshod gags, recycled dance routines and tinny tunes." Several critics note that the show opened with terrific buzz and such high expectations that few doubted it would sell out -- even with orchestra seats going for $450 at the box office and for thousands of dollars through scalpers. But as Charles McNulty in the Los Angeles Times observed: "We enter wanting to bust a gut, so no wonder we're a little let down when we leave with only a nostalgic grin." And Louise Kennedy concluded in the Boston Globe that the show "has millions of dollars' worth of pyrotechnics and other special effects with which to light up the stage, and it deploys them with abandon. Unfortunately, though, that doesn't mean that lightning strikes twice."

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posted July 31, 2008 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelMon   Click Here to Email MichaelMon     Edit/Delete Message
Megan Mullally wrote this story about her experience in Young Frankenstein. btw, the show is fantastic!
http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=569289

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posted October 29, 2008 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Brooks Wants Leachman For Young Frankenstein Musical

One day after Cloris Leachman was cast out of Dancing With the Stars, the New York Post is reporting that Mel Brooks wants to cast her in his stage version of Young Frankenstein. Brooks had originally said that he was doubtful that the 81-year-old actress had the "stamina" to reprise her film role as Frau Blucher for eight shows a week. At the time, Leachman was said to have been heartbroken over being rejected for the role. A spokesman for Leachman was noncommittal about the reported offer, telling the Post: "Cloris has received several interesting offers. We cannot confirm that Young Frankenstein is one of them."

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posted November 24, 2008 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Young Frankenstein To Close On Broadway

Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein is the latest victim of falling ticket sales on Broadway - it will wave goodbye to New York in January.

Brooks' adaptation of the 1974 movie he wrote with Gene Wilder has been one of the top draws in Manhattan's theatre district over the past year - but sales have slumped in recent months, as cash-strapped New Yorkers abandon the theatre.

A host of shows are scheduled to close in January, including Spamalot, Hairspray and Spring Awakening.

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