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Monster stage turn for ‘Frankenstein’

Mel Brooks musical survives tech glitches

Anything can happen in live theater — especially in a technically complex, $16 million Broadway tuner like “Young Frankenstein.”

At the opening-night perf Thursday a bookcase that rotates to reveal a secret passage wouldn’t stop turning, as stars Roger Bart and Sutton Foster tried not to crack up.

“How about you push and I’ll pull, and we’ll clear this whole thing up,” Bart adlibbed.

At the curtain call the show’s creatives, including main man Mel Brooks, joined the cast to take a bow, and Brooks brought out the co-creator of the original 1974 pic, Gene Wilder.

“I love this man, and I’m not gay,” Brooks declared.

And then he gave Wilder a kiss. “Well, maybe a little,” he added.

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