Is the $20 million stage version of "Young Frankenstein" a monster hit or miss?
Most New York critics were decidedly cool to the new Mel Brooks musical that opened Thursday at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, although the show reportedly has a more than $30 million advance that should cushion the negative reaction.
The Associated Press called the production, based on Brooks' acclaimed 1974 film, "a scattered, fitfully entertaining show," with praise for the hardworking cast but thumbs down for Brooks' "pale pastiche of a score." Sniffed The New York Times: "Money can't buy you flair. It can't even buy you laughs."