WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Food, fun and Frankenstein was on everyone's mind Tuesday night at Morton's Steakhouse in downtown West Palm Beach. All had gathered for a Red Carpet Pre-Party to kickoff opening night of "Mel Brooks New Musical Young Frankenstein" at the Kravis Center.
I caught up with Linda Birdsey with the Kravis Center to learn more about the show critics are just 'roaring' about. "It is the funniest show I've seen in a long time. It's a follow up from his Broadway hit 'The Producers'. And it's based on the movie, the famous movie that he did years ago with the cast of Gene Wilder, Teri Garr and Marty Feldman, and Cloris Leachman who played Frau Blücher."
If you like the old black and white movie, Birdsey says, it sticks very close to the original. "The story line is very, very close. But with this show, the Broadway version you have all big musical numbers and the band, but all the jokes are there."
Many still remembered their favorite lines and scenes from the 1974 movie.
And what's a pre-party without food? "We're serving our tomato crostinis, filet sandwiches, as well as mini crab cake and a wonderful cheese and fruit display."
Morton's, known for its steak, has been serving the downtown West Palm Beach area for nearly twenty years. "Our proximity to the Kravis Center is wonderful. You can come here before the show even after the show. And we offer complementary limo rides to and from the Kravis Center as long as you dine with us."
Local celebs were on tap for the evening including the Palm Beach Post's Leslie Grey Streeter. Here's what she was looking for in the show. "Basically, if it's supposed to make you laugh, does it? If it's supposed to make you tap your toes and sing along, does it? If it's supposed to make you cry, does it? And if it does those things it's supposed to do, that's all you can ask."
And when the name Mel Brooks' is part of the show's title, you know, it's going to be good. "I'm a fan of Mel Brooks," said John Franczak. "He's very talented, creative and funny, so anything he does, you know, there's anticipation. And I'm looking forward to that."
And the show was incredible, the music, the acting and the sound effects. Once again, another wonderful night full of culture at the Kravis Center.
We'll see you back out on our Red Carpet for "West Side Story" which is coming to Kravis Center March 8-13. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to buy them now on Kravis.org.
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