Is it pronounced Franken-steen or Franken-stine? Bryan DeBaets wants to settle this once and for all.
“STEEN!” he says.
The Selma actor should know. He’s playing Frederick Frankenstein in a new production of the musical “Young Frankenstein” that opens Friday, April 24, at the Selma Arts Center. (The question of pronunciation is one of a torrent of gags from the 1974 Mel Brooks cult-favorite movie.)
We caught up with DeBaets via email to ask about the show.
The song “Life, Life.” Frederick is bringing the monster to life and praying that the fates will aid him. It’s one of the few serious moments in the play, and the music is amazing. My favorite non-musical moment is when Frederick is stuck in the room with the monster and is in full-blown hysterics after telling Frau, Inga and Igor to not let him out under any circumstances. Working on that scene had us all laughing till our sides hurt.
•Read the extended interview with Bryan DeBaets here