288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

10/5/2023 – 10/29/2023

SCHEDULE UPDATE: Sadly, we have had to pull Young Frankenstein from our 2023 schedule. Please be sure you’re on our e-list to learn when this production will be added back to our season. If you currently have tickets, our box office has reached out to work with you so if you haven’t heard from us, please contact us. Thank you for your understanding.

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks 
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

Produced and Directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim
Musical Direction by Stephen Guggenheim
Choreographed by Shannon Guggenheim

It’s Alive!

The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, has adapted his legendarily monstrously funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! This electrifying musical adaptation will leave you in stitches as SJPlayhouse brings life to the new comedy musical at 3Below.

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is based on the 1974 film which itself is a parody of Hollywood horror films from the 1930s. The film starred and was co-written by the late Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks. The musical Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.

This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, sees Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”), an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. He now faces a dilemma – does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant? With the help of his trusty sidekick Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”) and his beautiful leggy lab assistant Inga (pronounced normally), by his side, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s creations. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes from the Transylvania manor and  the usual Mel Brooks style hilarity continuously abounds.

You will be shocked! ~ You will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz” – You will have a monstrously good time!

  • Tickets

    Admission: $25 – $55

    $55 Regular

    $50 Students, seniors, educators, and military

    $45 Youth

    $25 for Previews

    Group Discounts and Fundraising Opportunities available | Learn more

    There is a per-ticket box office fee charged at checkout that goes toward covering box office service provider and merchant service provider costs. Fees are waived for San Jose Playhouse Series Subscribers, a benefit of subscribing to a series in advance.

  • Length

    Young Frankenstein runs 2 hours 30 minutes including one 15 minute intermission. 

  • Age Guide

    Young Frankenstein is recommended for guests age 10 and up with guidance of mild adult themes and humor


Set and Lighting Design by Jon Gourdine
Costume Design by Julie Engelbrecht


Jared Lee*
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
F. James Raasch
The Monster
Nick Rodrigues
Theresa Swain
Susan Gundunas*
Elizabeth Benning
Krista Wigle*
Frau Blücher
Jackson Davis*
Inspector Hans Kemp / The Hermit
Brian Conway*
Villager / Medical Student / Passenger
Osher Fine
Villager / Medical Student / Passenger
Brie Martin*
Villager / Medical Student / Passenger
Julie Engelbrecht
Costume Designer
Jon Gourdine
Set and Lighting Designer

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (West End Version) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com