Sally Struthers will star in the newly revised London version of MEL BROOKS’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the La Mirada Theater

The Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the monstrously hilarious first show of their 2022-2023 season, Sally Struthers as “Frau Blücher” at the Southern California premiere of the newly revised London version of Mel Brooks. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, choreography by James Gray, musical direction and direction by Benet Braun and directed by Jeff Whiting.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN by Mel Brooks will premiere on Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 at 2 p.m. (with a press opening on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.) and will continue until Sunday, October 9, 2022 at La Mirada Theater of Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd at La Mirada.

From the makers of Broadway-record sensation The Producers, they bring you legendary actress Sally Struthers (“All In The Family,” “Gilmore Girls”) as “Frau Blücher” in this electrifying musical stage adaptation of Mel Brooks brilliantly funny movie that will leave you in stitches! Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous inventor Doctor Frankenstein, reluctantly inherits the family estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick named Igor and lab assistant Inga, Frederick finds himself following his ancestor’s mad scientist tradition, creating a monster for this century. When the monster escapes, hilarity abounds. Please Note: Contains mature humor, adult language, sexual innuendo and situations.


Jeff Whiting (director) is a director and choreographer who works on Broadway, television, special events and concerts around the world. Broadway (associated): Bullets Over Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys, Hair, Young Frankenstein, Big Fish. Upcoming: Love Affair, Crazy For You, Marie: Dancing Still, In The Light, Loch Lomond, The Imaginary, Tribu, Cookies, Invincible, Joan Crawford in Flesh and Blood. National tours: Bullets Over Broadway, Hairspray, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, The Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Louis and Ella. Off-Broadway and others: Hairspray (NSMT), World Premiere of Fly More Than You Fall, The Lost Colony (Waterside), Cookies (NYMF), Single Wide (NYMF), World Premiere of Chasing Rainbows, Gypsy (Capital) . Special Events/Concerts: James Taylor Live at Carnegie Hall with Bette Midler, Sting, Tony Bennett, The New Victory Arts Awards with Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow, Disney’s Magical Moments (Brazil). COMPANY: Jeff is the creator and founder of Stage Write Software, the standard method for documenting choreography, founding artistic director of the Open Jar Institute, a leading musical theater training program, and president of Open Jar Studios, and was featured in a TED Talk sharing his philosophy on “Open Jar Thinking”.

James Gray (choreographer) recently directed and choreographed The Full Monty, choreographed the musical Annie with Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, and Oliver! at the Goodspeed Opera House. He choreographed the opening number for New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck and Nev Schulman (“Catfish”, DWTS finalist) at Lincoln Center. He also directed and choreographed Peg O’ My Heart the Musical at the June Havoc Theatre, NYC (Best Musical Award). James directed the Emmy Award-winning television special, “Mel Brooks – The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award”, and choreographed the film Humor Me with Eliot Gould. Broadway: The Producers, Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Story: the Musical, Bullets Over Broadway and Prince of Broadway, with Hal Prince.

Benet Braun (music director/conductor) is a musical director, pianist, composer and songwriter. He has worked on national tours on Broadway (Cabaret, Waitress, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), regional theaters such as Sacramento Music Circus, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Musical Theater West, 3-D Theatricals, McCoy Rigby Entertainment and Capitol. Repertory Theatre, and is the Music Director of Groundlings Theater and School in Hollywood. He is also musical director of Broadway at the Bourbon Room and the Ambush Cabaret. Benet earned his MFA in Music Direction from UC Irvine.

The design team for Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN includes: original stage design by Robin Wagner; Lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg; Sound design by Philip G. Allen; Costume design by Erika Senase and Maggie Hofmann; Costume Coordinator Donna McNaughton; Hair/wig design by Kaitlin Yagen; Properties Coordinator Kevin Williams. The casting director is Lindsay Brooks. The production manager is John W. Calder, III.

Other distributions will be announced soon.


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN by Mel Brooks will premiere on Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 at 2 p.m. (with a press opening on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.) and will continue until Sunday, October 9, 2022 at La Mirada Theater of Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd at La Mirada.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

There will be a captioned performance on Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m. Discussions with the cast and creative team will take place on Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $19 to $85 (prices subject to change) and can be purchased through the La Mirada Theater website, or by calling the La Mirada Theater box office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Group discounts are available. $14 student tickets are available. Children under 3 years old will not be allowed in the theatre.

LA MIRADA THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where highways 91 and 5 meet. Parking is free.

The Tony Award-nominated LA MIRADA THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the best Broadway-style houses in Southern California.” This beautiful, state-of-the-art theater has been presenting quality productions since 1977. The theater has produced several national tours and received numerous accolades, including Tony, Emmy and Ovation Award nominations and the LA Stage Alliance OVATION AWARD for “Best Season of the year.” The theater is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, California near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue. Parking is adjacent to the theater and free. For more information, call (562) 944-9801 or visit

Celebrating its 29th anniversary season at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts, McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT (MRE), is one of the world’s leading theatrical production companies and continues to be grateful to share a tremendously successful collaboration with the town of La Mirada. Led by executive producers Tom McCoy and Cathy Rigby, MRE has produced over a hundred musicals, plays and concerts featuring some of the biggest stars in the industry today and has won numerous Emmy Awards. , Tony and LA Ovation Award nominations.

In addition, MRE has launched several Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated national, international and national touring productions, including: ASIA- Dreamgirls (Japan), Miss Saigon (China), Peter Pan (China), SAUDI ARABIA – Peter Pan (it was the first Broadway musical to play in Saudi Arabia), USA – Seussical the Musical and Annie Get Your Gun, with Cathy Rigby; Jesus Christ Superstar with Carl Anderson and Sebastian Bach, Camelot with Michael York and Lou Diamond Phillips, Happy Days written by Gary Marshall and Paul Williams Constantine Maroulis and The Little Mermaid, the musical. Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby made four Broadway stops and received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. The premiere of “Peter Pan” on the A&E TV Network received an Emmy Award and four Emmy Award nominations. La Mirada Theater productions of A Night with Janis Joplin starring Mary Bridget Davies and Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby are now streaming on Broadway HD.

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