A ‘Frankenstein’ That Never Lived

A ‘Frankenstein’ That By no means Lived

The present’s human stars included John Carradine, in what could be his final stage function, because the blind beggar.

GIALANELLA Carradine had been doing such crap — B films, commercials. He was an previous man, however he nonetheless had that deep, wealthy, whiskey voice. Throughout previews, Joe rented a screening room and confirmed us “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein” [from 1935, in which Carradine had an uncredited bit part]. Somebody turned to him and stated: “That’s such a terrific movie. What’s your reminiscence of it?” He stood for a minute and stated, “Two days’ work.”

CARRIE ROBBINS, costume designer His palms have been so riddled with arthritis he couldn’t costume himself. I had a stunning small-of-stature dresser who was in a position to conceal within the “hearth” of the previous man’s hut and assist him out.

The function of Victor Frankenstein went to William Converse-Roberts, a current Yale Drama College graduate who could be making his Broadway debut. After intensive auditions of different actors, the a part of the Creature went to Keith Jochim, who had originated the function in St. Louis.

GIALANELLA No person was nailing it. I went to Joe and stated, “You’ve obtained to herald Keith.” They didn’t need to do it. They wished somebody with a minimum of New York credibility.

MARTORELLA Keith’s audition was extremely transferring. We had 10 minutes, and he ended up studying for a half an hour. Then he got here again within the afternoon within the make-up he had designed [for St. Louis]. I wrote in my diary, “He had completely remodeled himself right into a heap of horror.” I can nonetheless see the faces of Tom, Joe and Victor. They have been in awe.

The present, started loading in on the Palace on Oct. 23, 1980. The crew began with 15 stagehands, which shortly swelled to a few dozen. The beginning of previews was delayed by the complexity of Douglas Schmidt’s units, which rotated on an enormous turntable, and by points with results just like the Tesla coil, whose full depth was ratcheted up over the course of rehearsals.

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