Wicked and Young Frankenstein

One of the most fascinating tickets on Broadway of the 21st century is Wicked, a musical about the witches from the Wizard of Oz. Stephen Schwartz composed the songs and lyrics and Winnie Holzman wrote the book.

Wicked is fascinating on several different levels. The most captivating of which is its story. Wicked is about what happened in Oz before the arrival of Dorothy. Based on the best-selling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, the events in Wicked run parallel to L. Frank Baum’s story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


I find it enjoyable picking out the references made to the 1939 film Wizard of Oz. I’m also fascinated by the way Maguire intertwined his story with the original plot and the backgrounds he chose to give to the characters.

Another fascinating aspect of Wicked is the mixed reviews the show received. The New York Times panned it. Despite all that, Wicked has garnered quite a fan following.

The musical has broken several box office records. It holds the weekly-gross-records in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and London. Wicked also holds the record for biggest opening in London’s West End. Needless to say, Wicked sells tickets.


Another interesting musical is Young Frankenstein. This new Mel Brooks-Thomas Meehan musical is based on Brooks’ 1974 film by the same name.

This musical stars TV legends Megan Mullally and Andrea Martin and is the product of the same creative team that brought The Producers to the stage.

If you want to catch this musical, you’ll have to hurry. The last chance to use your Young Frankenstein tickets will be January 4, 2009. That’s because after just 484 performances, the musical is closing its Broadway operations. A U.S. touring production is scheduled to start in the fall of 2009.


While Young Frankenstein is entertaining, it seems to be hindered by failing to reach the level of its predecessor, The Producers. Nonetheless, the story of Young Frankenstein still holds up and is an adequate vehicle for an evening’s worth of show tunes.

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