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Young Frankenstein

by Matthew Martello
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017
Young Frankenstein

The 42nd season for Las Vegas's Super Summer Theatre ends with a marvelous rendition of "Young Frankenstein." Produced in association with Poor Richard's Players, the show has plenty of fantastic offerings, from the cast to the choreography to the technical aspects. It is as close to Broadway caliber entertainment as I have seen in the Las Vegas valley.

From the creators of the Broadway smash "The Producers" comes another Mel Brooks adaptation in "Young Frankenstein." Plenty of recognizable, classic moments await the audience. Many times during the performance, the audience was laughing in anticipation of the jokes from the beloved film. Overall, the sellout crowd could not get enough from this top rate cast.

Director Benjamin Loewy did a wonderful job in casting a 'who's who' of local Las Vegas acting all stars for this show. Leading the charge is Adam Dunson who is brilliant as Dr. Frankenstein, perfectly channeling his inner Gene Wilder throughout the show. He is paired up with Anthony Barnaby as Igor, creating a fantastic comedic duo.

I have always enjoyed Amanda Kraft's performances in the past, but her portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein's fiancée Elizabeth is superb. Vocally, it's such a treat to hear what her true capabilities are, and her talents are certainly on display.

Anita Bean had many show stealing moments as Frau Blucher, offering her steady, strong comedic abilities once again, to the delight of the audience. Alison Leigh was also strong as Inga, offering great vocals as well as her comedic talents.

Rik Wade is fantastic as The Monster, with his best moment being "Puttin' On The Ritz." Greg Korin takes on a dual role with Inspector Kemp and the Hermit, and he is hysterical with both. Also effective was Gary Alaimo as Dr. Victor von Frankenstein, rounding out an impressive collection of lead and supporting actors.

What solidified the 'Broadway caliber' status (that I don't offer often if I'm not in NYC) was the outstanding choral work and choreography for the show. Musical Director Karalyn Clark and Choreographer Josef Pescetto should be commended for their efforts in solidifying an absolutely top-rate chorus, with crisp vocals and tight choreography as well. Executing all of this is the amazing ensemble, completing a near perfect and highly entertaining production.

It is my understanding that the remainder of the performances are already sold out. However, if you are able to find tickets available, make the journey out to Spring Mountain Ranch and enjoy a wonderful evening of theater.

"Young Frankenstein" runs through September 23 at Super Summer Theatre, 6735 Nevada 159, Blue Diamond, NV 89004. For tickets and information, call 702-579-7529 or visit www.supersummertheatre.org

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