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'Young Frankenstein' Closing in January

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Following what seems like an endless series of Broadway closing announcements recently (13, American Buffalo, Gyspy, Hairspray, Spamalot, Spring Awakening, and more), Playbill reported this weekend that the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein will also close in January.

Lead producer Robert F.X. Sillerman said in a statement, "Once again it has been a joy to work with such tremendous talents, Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman. Young Frankenstein's magnificent creative team and cast are second to none. As anyone who has seen this stunning production can attest, it is a spectacular and extravagant musical. In these uncertain economic times, my partners and I have decided to end our run on Broadway and focus our efforts on the first national tour, which will launch in September 2009."

Young Frankenstein's final performance at the Hilton Theatre will be Jan. 4, 2009. The musical, based on the film of the same name, will have played 30 previews and 484 regular performances when it closes.

But hey, at least this officially opens up the Hilton for Julie Taymor's new Spider-Man musical, right?

-- Daniel Lehman

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Judging from this NY Times story, it looks like people aren't too broken up about the shuttering of 'Young Frankenstein':


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