Locals co-star in " Young Frankenstein"


They graduated from Avonworth High School 33 years apart, Tim Hartman in 1977, Andrea Weinzierl in 2010. But in the anything-goes world of theater, they were paired as siblings in last month’s “The Little Mermaid” and now as a budding romantic couple in the Mel Brooks musical comedy “Young Frankenstein,” Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s current production.

Hartman plays The Monster, with Weinzierl cast as Elizabeth, who by show’s end has transformed into the bride character from the 1935 film, “The Bride of Frankenstein.” All very Mel Brooks, to be sure.

To add to the theatrical family ties, Hartman pointed out that in Avonworth’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” his son, Mark, played the Beast opposite Andrea’s role as Belle.

“Frankenstein,” which runs through this weekend at the Byham Theater, has garnered strong reviews, with Hartman’s off-the-wall version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and Weinzierl’s two strong numbers, “Please Don’t Touch Me” and “Deep Love” being memorable showstoppers.

“I think it is special for the community to have two Avonworth grads working together in theater,” Weinzierl said.