>Although I would like to write for the stage, I doubt that I have a musical in me, and certainly nothing like “The Producers” — I’m just not that funny (or silly). But Mel Brooks is and that show (a Broadway musical — made into a movie — based on a movie about a Broadway musical) was wildly successful. My college roommate, Fred Applegate, played Franz in that show and later Max, in the touring company but also on Broadway and later in London. I didn’t get to see him perform in New York, but I did see the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, twice — once with Fred as Franz and once with Fred as Max. It was great to see star in such a great show.
And now here comes “Young Frankenstein” — also a Mel Brooks musical based on a Mel Brooks movie that if anything is even funnier than “The Producers” was. And Fred is in this one, too, as Inspector Kemp. The show opens for previews in Seattle next month and will open in New York in November. And this time I plan to get there to see it.