'Urinetown' actor takes on lead role
Looks like the Foster family has cornered the Frankenstein market.
Thesp Hunter Foster (“Urinetown,” “Little Shop of Horrors”) will take on the title role in “Frankenstein,” a new tuner incarnation of the Mary Shelley tale that begins previews at Off Broadway’s 37 Arts Oct. 10.
That’s the day before Foster’s sister, Sutton Foster (“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”), begins Gotham performances of “Young Frankenstein,” the latest Broadway musical comedy from Mel Brooks. Actress plays buxom lab assistant Inga in the show, which is currently trying out in Seattle and opens on the Rialto Nov. 8.
Whereas “Young Frankenstein,” based on Brooks’ 1974 pic, is a broad spoof of the Shelley novel, “Frankenstein” aims to be a serious, faithful musical theater adaptation. Foster will play the doctor.
Creative team includes composer Mark Baron and book writer and lyricist Jeffrey Jackson, who based the show on an original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen. “Frankenstein” is directed by Bill Fennelly and produced by Gerald Goehring, Douglas C. Evans and Michael F. Mitri, among others.
Show, which had originally planned to preem at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey before that theater went public with its financial woes, opens at 37 Arts Nov. 1, with hopes of a national tour to follow.