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Young Frankenstein at Gallo Center

MEL BROOKS YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN ARRIVES IN MODESTO FOR 2 PERFORMANCES FEBRUARY 19 AT THE GALLO CENTER

MODESTO, CA – (January 19, 2012) – Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, a musical comedy from the creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning smash The Producers, will arrive at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 19 for twoperformances at 3:00 and 8:00 PM. Young Frankenstein was named Best Broadway Musical in 2008 by the Outer Critics Circle Award and won 5 Broadway.com Audience Awards, including Favorite New Broadway Musical.

Tickets for this performance range from $39 to $99. A 15% discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets or more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100. Young Frankenstein features a book by three-time Tony Award winner Mel Brooks and three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. Young Frankenstein is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Musical supervision is by Glen Kelly. Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma. Does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga? Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show’s raucous score includes “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the unforgettable treatment of IrvingBerlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”

Released in 1974 to unanimous critical acclaim, the film received two Academy Award nominations, including one for Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder’s script, also nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Young Frankenstein was also the recipient of the two highest honors accorded films of science fiction: winning The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and The Nebula Award, given by The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, for Best Dramatic Writing. Since its release, the film has become part of the national consciousness: in 2000, it was selected as #13 on AFI’s 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time and in 2003, Young Frankenstein was chosen for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. This production is presented by Wells Fargo and is sponsored by Alfred Matthews. The Gallo Center for the Arts’ 2011-12 Premier Partner is Boyett Petroleum.

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