Frankenstein Bites The Dust
The Broadway musical version of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein will close on Jan. 4 after being unable to replicate the success of Brooks's earlier Hollywood-to-Broadway triumph, The Producers . Ticket prices have steadily declined since the $16-million production opened on November 8, 2007 with a top ticket price of $450. (They are currently going for less than half that amount, but still a staggering amount for a show that received mediocre reviews and is currently playing to many empty seats.) In a statement, the show's lead producer, Robert F.X. Sillerman, said, "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."