Theatre Review: Young Frankenstein - DOMA never disappoints



Young Frankenstein: John David Wallis

As funny as the Mel Brooks' movie, Young Frankenstein, was, the play version at the DOMA theatre is just as hilarious - maybe even a bit more so.  Adapted to the stage by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, it was taken from the 1974 cult classic  by Brooks and Gene Wilder, the play opened September 26, 2014 at the MET theatre in Hollywood. 


Young Frankenstein: John David Wallis and monster Hector S Quintana

Directed by Marco Gomez, with musical direction by Chris Raymond, the play has all the hit scenes from the movie and then some.  I love their show numbers "Transylvania Mania," "Together Again," and especially "Puttin' On the Ritz."  Angela Todero did the choreography of the great songs, including the tap-dancing numbers, and the outrageous accents added to the fun. 


Young Frankenstein: Scott Seiffert and John David Wallis

Young Frankenstein reimagines the legend as it follows young Dr. Frankenstein (John David Wallis) from New York to Transylvania.  At first he is reluctant to stay but aided by his humpback Igor (Scott Seiffert) and beautiful lab assistant Inga (Susan Huckle), they recreate his grandfather's experimental monster (Hector S. Quintana.)  Frankenstein is distracted by his uptight finance Elizabeth (Toni Smith) and Frau Blucher (Michelle Holmes) as he pursues his course of working the family business. The monster turns out to have a mind of his own.  Dan Spector is marvelous as Inspector Hans Kemp as is Bobby Reed (the Hermit) and Bradley Kuykendall, who comes back to life as Dr. Victor von Frankenstein.  Wesley Moran plays Ziggy and rounding out the cast are Elvira Barjau, Carrie Daniel, Allison Jakubowski, Sandy Mansson, Johnny Ortiz, Bradley Settler and Lauren Tyni


Young Frankenstein

Everyone in the cast was great. but Scott Seiffert was my favorite as Igor matching the monster's moods as the pair danced. 


Young Frankenstein: Michelle Holmes, John David Wallis, Susan Huckle

John Lacovelli designed the set, while Jean-Yves Tessier did the lights and Julie Ferrin worked the sound.  Costumes were created by Brandy Jacobs while Karen Sanchez did the make up.  Hallie Baran was in charge of the props.  Gabrieal Griego was stage manager while Marco Gomez and Dolf Ramos produced. 


Young Frankenstein: Bradley Kuykendall with John David Wallis

The play runs from Sept. 26 through November 16 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.  For tickets call DOMA at 323 802 9181.  Prices run from $30 for general admission to $34.99 for the VIP tickets.  (These include reserved seating and a complimentary snack and beverage.) Seniors and students with ID pay $20 .  Parking for $6 is located two blocks east of the theatre at 5250 Santa Monica Blvd. 

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