Thousands pack Stanley for "Young Frankenstein" performance

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - "Young Frankenstein" is an early Halloween treat in Utica. The first performances of a nationwide tour wrapped up Wednesday night at the Stanley Threatre. It's the first of several shows hosted by the Broadway Theatre League this season.

The show is based on the movie of the same name that was brought to life by Mel Brooks in 1974. It's an exciting show for the Broadway Theatre League- the cast and crew has been in town since last Monday- setting up and rehearsing right here in Utica.

After the opening performance Tuesday night, the League knew it was a hit. "The reaction was terrific..I mean usually you hear a couple of people who are a bit unhappy about something.. I've heard none of that. It's been so positive and so upbeat when people left here last night you could just feel the electricity. They were just really happy to see the show," says John Fehlner, Executive Director of the Broadway Theatre League. Fehlner estimates that 3600 tickets were sold to "Young Frankenstein."

Here's a look at what's on the schedule for the Broadway Theatre League this season.
- "In the Heights" October 25 and 26
- "Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby" November 15, 16, and 17
- "Shrek The Musical" February 7, 8, and 9
- "Mamma Mia!" January 17 and 18
- "South Pacific" March 6 and 7
- "Blue Man Group, May 25 and 26

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