If I appear to dwell on
' in-the-works adaptation of
, it's for good reason: The classic horror spoof was a seminal film for my younger self. Now, the
New York Post
's theater column repeats that the early take on the stage musical is, well, "scooper duper." Specifically, praise such as "absolutely hilarious," "a total winner," and "really funny - and, for Mel, surprisingly tasteful" was offered by some of the 20 Broadway insiders invited to a top-secret Monday reading. What's more, at the run-through
Brian D'Arcy James
was so winning in the Gene Wilder role - once thought to be a no-brainer (pun intended) get for (a pre-
) Matthew Broderick - that he is now poised to play the doc on Broadway come Halloween 2007.