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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000XH7GHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. The Happiest Town
3. The Brain
4. Please Don't Touch Me
5. Together Again
6. Roll In The Hay
7. Join The Family Business
8. He Vas My Boyfriend
9. The Law
10. Life, Life
11. Welcome To Transylvania
12. Transylvania Mania
13. He's Loose
14. Listen to Your Heart
15. Surprise
16. Please Send Me Someone
17. Man About Town
18. Puttin' On The Ritz (Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin)
19. Deep Love
20. Frederick's Soliloquy
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Product Description

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy, based on the Oscar-nominated smash-hit 1974 film. A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fianc‚ Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster: but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.With such memorable tunes as 'The Transylvania Mania,' 'He Vas My Boyfriend' and Irving Berlin's classic 'Puttin' On The Ritz,', Mel Brooks' musical Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment!

Unlike The Producers, the musical version of Young Frankenstein was not met with critical adoration when it opened on Broadway in November, 2007. Mel Brooks had followed the same formula, transferring all of his own source movie’s famous lines and plot points to the stage, but oddly, the cast album works better than the stage production, which is indeed often lumbering. Brooks’ songs are still fairly derivative but here, undistracted by director Susan Stroman’s flat staging, you can focus more on Doug Besterman’s excellent orchestrations and on the adept cast itself. As Dr. "Fronkensteen," Roger Bart is much less grating than on stage, for instance. As Inga, Sutton Foster exhibits some mad yodeling skills in "Roll in the Hay" and sounds like a classic Broadway babe on "Listen to Your Heart." Megan Mullally (Elizabeth) sells "Please Don’t Touch Me," "Deep Love," and "Alone" (a bonus track cut from the show), while Andrea Martin (Frau Blucher) kills with the Brecht-Weill pastiche "He Vas My Boyfriend." And yes, Irving Berlin’s "Puttin' on the Ritz" is included, complete with monster grunts and a long tap passage in this extended version. The show may not be worth the hype, but the recording is a pleasant surprise. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

A Great show with Great music!!!
I defy you not to give the likes of "Please Don't Touch Me", "Roll in the Hay", "Join the Family Business", or "Deep Love" a second listen.
Roger Bart, Sutton Foster, Andrea Martin, Christopher Fitzgerald, Fred Applegate and Shuler Hensley are all wonderful.
A. G. Ciriaco

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Nolan on May 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
So how do you follow up "The Producers"? From the start, no matter how well the play is performed, it will always be compared to Mel Brooks's last play. "The Producers" was a critical and commercial smash, and it's hard to give a favorable comparison.

That being said, I felt the songs were underwhelming, lacking the punch of Brooks' earlier works on stage and in film. The lyrics range from the corny to the predictable, but that is not to say the score is without highlights.

Obviously "Puttin' on the Ritz" is by far the most enjoyable song. It's not a song by Brooks, but rather Berlin, and it succeeds in this context primarily to the monster's famous attempt to sing the title line. Other catchy songs are Sutton Foster gamily yodeling "Roll in the Hay," Andrea Martin's "He Vas my Boyfriend," and Megan Mullally's "Please Don't Touch Me," putting a fun twist on the we're-not-in-love song.

The lyrics are filled with double entendres that feel old, as if we've heard them several times before, most noticeably in "Deep Love." It has a very Borscht Belt style to it.

It's not a bad score, just not a very good one. They must hope that the love audiences have for the original film will carry over to the play.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AJK on January 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Critical reviews of Mel Brook's new musical, "Young Frankenstein", have so far been mixed, but this seems to be somewhat of an expected backlash against Mr. Brooks. His first effort, 2001's "The Producers", was a runaway smash - winning a record number of Tonys and making any follow-up somewhat doomed. While I have yet to see the production (my tickets are for May), I find the score thoroughly enjoyable & a solid sophomore effort.

The amazing cast, led by Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Andrea Martin, sounds great. The score has a few weak links, but there are several terrific songs. Best tracks:

Please Don't Touch Me
Together Again
Roll In The Hay
Transylvania Mania
Listen To Your Heart
Puttin' On The Ritz (Irving Berlin's standard used in the 1974 film for which the musical is based)
Deep Love
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Coco Pazzo on January 3, 2008
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While far from the fiasco the NY critics claimed it to be, Young Frankenstein is a musical comedy bereft of big laughs. It is however, an entertaining old-fashioned show, albeit one with crude humor. Mel Brooks' score is an affectionaet homage to MGM musicals, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and Doug Besterman's orchestrations are appropriately sumptuous and "old school". If you enjoy old fashioned scores, you will find a lot here to enjoy.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Powers on January 3, 2008
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"Young Frankenstein" is the second Mel Brooks movie musicalized for the broadway stage by Mel Brooks and as such the humor doesn't rise much higher than the level of a precocious dirty-minded schoolboy but dirty-minded schoolboys can be funny and Mr. Brooks is the head of the crass(pun intended). I enjoy low-brow humor so all this is okay with me. If you take the liner notes at face value Mr. Brooks music and lyrics are intended in the style of his heroes Cole Porter and Irving Berlin-not even close-but Mr. Brooks manages some catchy tunes, in fact at times his music is funnier than his lyrics but they both come together like a tasty potluck dinner.

On CD Roger Bart seems to be a mellower Frederick Von Fronkensteen but his singing is fine and Christopher Fitzgerald as Igor, he with the movable hump, comes across so vividly you can almost picture his performance with your minds eye. Sutton Foster-I fell in love after "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and as Inga her "Roll in the Hay" is an invitation I'd gladly accept and her yodeling is so hot it would melt the snow caps of the Alps.

There are two tricky roles that are impossible to compete with, Cloris Leachman forever owns the role of Frau Blucher but Andrea Martin aquits herself quite well and her "He Vas My Boyfriend is a hoot and a half and I admire her ability to keep a straight face singing those nutso lyrics. The second role is that of Elizabeth, Dr Frankensteins ditzy fiance. Madeline Kahn can't be topped and wisely Megan Mullaly doesn't try to but brings her own personality to the role. I must admit I was kinda impressed with her singing on her big 11 o'clock number "Deep Love" despite the fact the double entendres and innuendos were about as subtle as a ton of bricks.

So if you want to dance the new craze "The Transylvania Mania" or are just as happy to be "Puttin' On The Ritz" the Broadway Cast Cd is there to assist you. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phred on February 11, 2014
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Mel Brooks is a funny man and has successes back to the earliest days of television to prove it. As a movie director his has made some very clever comedy hits and demonstrated an unfortunate willingness go over the top. Young Frankenstein may have been his best comedy, as a movie. After the huge success of his makeover of the semi-musical movie The Producers into a thoroughly delightful stage hit musical comedy; the notion of a similar reanimation of this movie had to no-brainier. Not even an abbey-normal brain no brainer.

The Cast recording is mostly pleasant, has some lovely touches. I have not seen a stage version and based on this CD I do not feel any particular sense of urgency.

For those who only know the movie, I am happy to report that the sound track to Puttin on the Ritz is as much of a show stopping funny moment in the CD as it was in the movie. This is a longer version, has more cast involvement and what sounds like a fun tap dance. I loved this take on that scene. In the movie, Gene Wilder's nightmare/destiny scene was painful to watch and a low moment. Here Young "Fronkinstein" is urged to Join the Family Business, a great Halloween fright macabre song much, more fun and funnier than Wilder doing his patent hysterics. Inga's Roll in the Hey is another great moment in musical comedy and the unexpected yodeling performance adds to the naughty fun.

On the other hand, Please Don't Touch Me a mostly cute to funny song collapses into another Mel Brooks over done moment. Towards what should have been the end of this song, the teasing fiance Elizabeth sings solo and in chorus an insistent demand that no one should touch her t+ts (breasts) . This add on time waster is as overdone and over long as the campfire beans scene in Blazing Saddles.
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