Mel Brooks bringing Young Frankenstein musical to West End?
A reimagined version of the stage musical, based on Brooks' film, could be heading to the London stage
Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles) is said to be 'reimagining' the musical version of his 1974 movie Young Frankenstein with plans to bring it to the West End, according to the Daily Mail.
The director and writer told Baz Bamigboye that he is on the hunt for a London theatre the size of the Prince of Wales Theatre, current home of The Book of Mormon.
Brooks also said he will co-direct the show with Susan Stroman who staged and choreographed Young Frankenstein on Broadway in 2007 and with whom he worked on The Producers.
Written by Brooks and Tom Meehan, Young Frankenstein is described as 'an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre' and is loosely based on Mary Shelley's novel.
Gene Wilder - a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein - played the titular role in the 1974 film, but Brooks is said to be keen to cast the show using British talent, telling the Mail: "If I could get close to the Gene Wilders, the Madeline Kahns, the Peter Boyles and the Marty Feldmans of the movie I'd be happy."
Following criticism that prices for his recent one-nighter at the Prince of Wales Theatre priced out the majority of theatregoers, Brooks has vowed to offer some cheap seats for young people, suggesting that he would like to keep front row tickets at £15.
Subject to theatre availability, Brooks will be looking to open Young Frankenstein in the "winter or spring".