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David Minton

It’s alive!

‘Young Frankenstein’ staggers onto stage

Music Theatre of Denton closes its run of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein this weekend at the Campus Theatre.

In the musical adaptation of the 1974 film, young Dr. Frederick Frankenstein distances himself from “the family business” of reanimating dead people. When the doctor learns he’s the last living relative of the late Victor Frankenstein, he reluctantly heads to Romania to settle the late, mad doctor’s affairs.

In Transylvania, Frederick meets Victor’s servant, Igor (Brad Justice), the beautiful young Inga (Hannah Lane), the wooden-faced Frau Blucher (Kay Lamb) and the ghost of Grandfather Victor (Jim Laney). Johnny Bryant is barely recognizable as the green-faced, heavy-browed monster brought back to life by young Frankenstein.

Directors Bill Kirkley and Aileen Stark don’t try anything tricky here. They’ve simply followed a winking script (peppered with puns and silliness) with imagination and cartoon-style physical comedy.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $10 for children.

For reservations, call 940-382-1915 between noon and 5 p.m. weekdays, or visit

— Lucinda Breeding