What happens when a musical is envisioned in the form of Frankenstein? We will soon get to know it. ABC is expanding the live programming as a live episode of The Conners in scheduled for February and a presentation of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein musical for the fall.
The Conners will air live on Feb. 11, the night of the New Hampshire primary, and will feature a storyline centered on the election results — with actual ABC News coverage incorporated into the broadcast. The cast will perform live for East Coast and West Coast viewers, with election results incorporated into the story in real time.
Young Frankenstein Live will be ABC's latest live musical event, following the successful airing of The Little Mermaid Live in November.
The musical is based on the Broadway version of Young Frankenstein, with music and lyrics by Brooks and a book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. The 2007 Broadway production, which in turn was based on Brooks' 1974 film starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman and Marty Feldman, was nominated for three Tony Awards. Casting and an airdate will be announced later.