Will Revised Version of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein Play the West End?

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Oscar and Tony winner Mel Brooks told the U.K.'s Daily Mail that he has plans to re-imagine his stage musical Young Frankenstein for the West End.

According to the British news source, the Tony-winning songwriter is on the hunt for a London theatre and will once again reunite with collaborator Susan Stroman, who choreographed the Broadway staging and with whom he worked on the Tony-winning The Producers.

"I really didn't do it the kind of justice I should have when I did it on Broadway about eight years ago," Brooks told the Daily Mail. "It was a little too big, and a little too much of a musical comedy, instead of the crazy, black-and-white, intense wacky comedy that I created for Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn."

The Tony-nominated Young Frankenstein opened at the Hilton Theatre in October 2007 and played a total of 485 performances. The musical was based on Brooks' 1974 film, which starred Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman and Madeline Kahn. Using Mary Shelley's famed novel as inspiration, the show uses farce and comedy to tell the story of Baron Frankenstein's grandson, who aims to fulfill his grandfather's legacy by bringing a corpse back to life.

Brooks said he is on the lookout for stellar U.K. acting talent. "London is chock full of out-of-work, brilliant actors. We'll give some of them a job and they'll be exceedingly happy — and so will the audience," he observed.

Brooks also revealed that he had written a new second-act number for the creature brought back from the dead. "He's a very good singer, the monster," said Brooks. A West End production has not yet been officially announced. 

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