Mel Brooks is on the loose again, creating havoc, this time with musical accompaniment, in a haunted castle.  Just in time to get in a Halloween mood, The Bushnell Center for the Arts in Hartford urges you to take a scary chance and meet “Young Frankenstein” in all his green and gory greatness and formal tuxedo until Sunday, October 11.

Mad scientists and monsters do maniacal things, thanks to the imaginations of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meeham, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.

Remember Frankenstein and his creepy legend?  Now meet his grandson Frederick who for years tried to distance himself from his strange relatives but now, in this classic comedy masterpiece, decides to use his genius as a neurosurgeon to complete the work his granddad started in the laboratory and bring a corpse to life.

Frederick enlists the help of the endearingly odd shaped assistant Igor and a nicely curved lab technician Inga to complete the monster task.  He does all this while trying to protect his beautiful self-absorbed fiancée Elizabeth from the dastardly mix.

All this madcap adventure happens while singing and dancing to such sterling tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”  With lightning bolts and cracks of thunder, Mel Brooks has ventured wildly into new territory, first created by a nineteen year old Mary Shelley in her haunting novel about Frankenstein published in 1818.

Come see for yourself how easily Igor convinces Frederick, a brain surgeon, to forget about being the Dean of Anatomy at Yale University and, instead, follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and experiment, experiment, experiment.

For tickets ($15-82), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at  Performances are tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Note the Saturday matinee is at 3 p.m. to avoid the Hartford Marathon traffic.

Let Mel Brooks escort you on a haunting escapade that is guaranteed to be a monstrously great time.

This will appear in the Middletown Press on October 8.

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