Head to Ottawa and experience the award-winning musical Young Frankenstein
- Travel News
- Friday, 30 March 2012 18:04
Having a laugh while on holiday is often the best way to relax and unwind. If travellers have ventured to Canada's capital city this May, they can have a giggle while experiencing Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein live and on stage at the Centrepointe Theatre.
On May 25 and 26, this award-winning musical will be presented by a talented cast of performers who have created a show that holds true to the original silver screen version. The movie, directed by Mel Brooks in 1974, received a cult following that is still fairly active today.
Young Frankenstein is a satirical take on the original novel by Mary Shelley. However, the film is a far cry from the old tale, as Brooks injected his own unique humour, offering an unusual revival of the story. Frankenstein tends to tap dance and have emotional breakdowns instead of frightening the local townspeople in this movie parody. Brooks did film in the classic style, mimicking old horror movie techniques like quick fades and shooting in black and white.
Although a series of Frankenstein movies made throughout the 1930s and 1940s included fringe characters like ghosts and his future bride, this 1974 adaptation may be one of the most well-received by a modern audience.
The musical rendition that will be in Ottawa this spring is a collaboration of Mel Brooks, famous choreographer Susan Stroman and Tony-award winning writer Thomas Meehan.
A review by the New York Times described one of the most memorable scenes in the show, reporting, "What really makes it fly is Mr. Hensley’s [Frankenstein] evocation of the monster’s pleasure in what he’s doing. This big galoot of a mannequin is being seduced by the singular joys of musical comedy and loving it."
If travellers enjoy the show, they can also catch the musical in other towns such as London, Kingston, Hamilton and Brampton throughout May. Tickets for Ottawa are available through the venue's website for all three performances. The event is best suited for children ages 12 years and older, which makes it ideal for families with older children who wish to enjoy a night out in Canada's capital city.