Mel Brooks' granddaughter attends Young Frankenstein show
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Director Mel Brooks, 91, saw his iconic comedy-horror film transformed into a stage production on Tuesday night.
However, it was his granddaughter Samantha, 19, who really stole the show – as she supported him at the opening of new musical, Young Frankenstein, at London’s Garrick Theatre.
The budding actress turned heads in a slinky burgundy velvet gown, complete with thigh-high split, as she helped her relative celebrate the big achievement.
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Leading lady: Mel Brooks’ granddaughter Samantha, 19, stole the show at the opening night of Young Frankenstein – a musical adaptation of his famous film
Dream team: The budding actress turned heads in a slinky burgundy velvet gown, complete with thigh-high split, as she helped her relative celebrate the big achievement
Samantha was truly stunning in the dramatic velvet maxi dress, which cut into a striking diagonal strapless neckline to display her delicate decolletage to all.
Tightly hugging her slim frame all the way down, the dress then split into a daring thigh-high split – to up both the glamour and sex appeal of the look.
Tying her ensemble together with metallic heels and a trendy gold choker, Samantha stole the show from her famous grandfather as she posed ahead of the performance.
Striking: Samantha stole the show from her famous grandfather as she posed ahead of the performance, in a slinky velvet gown and gold choker
Following in his footsteps: Samantha is carving her own career as an actress, having written, directed and starred in her own 20-minute short film two years ago
Protection: Discussing her blossoming career with USA Today , famous actor Mel admitted he never gives her advice as he does not want to upset her with ‘anything negative’
Samantha is carving her own career as an actress, having written, directed and starred in her own 20-minute short film two years ago.
Discussing her blossoming career with USA Today, famous actor Mel admitted he is not surprised she was embarking on the same career path – as he believes grandchildren are the only relatives who actually ‘like’ you.
When asked whether he offers Samantha advice, he explained in 2015: ‘It’s giving up a lot for a 17-year-old, to allow me to voice anything that might even be vaguely negative. She’s really following in my footsteps.’
Before adding with a laugh: ‘In real life, your grandkids like you. Unlike anyone else in your family, they’re the only ones who really like you.’
Ay ca-Rumba! Debbie McGee also dazzled at the grand opening – enjoying a night off from her grueling Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals
Debbie McGee meanwhile looked younger than her years as she arrived in a chic pink frock – which left her impressively slender legs on show.
The saucy number pulled into a classic sweetheart neckline, to display her delicate decolletage to all, before it cinched in at her slim waist with a glittering diamanté belt.
Flashing her leggy figure at the front, the dress was then made more striking by extending into a longer, pleated skirt at the back – keeping the look sophisticated as well as stylish.
Leggy lady: Debbie looked younger than her years in the chic pink frock, which cut off just above her knee to leave her impressively slender legs on show
Debbie tied her outfit together with metallic pointed court shoes and a matching bronze clutch bag, as she beamed widely cameras.
The radio presenter swept her famous bright blonde locks into a chic up-do, to draw attention to her radiant complexion – accentuated by a smoky eye and hot pink lip.
Debbie was the picture of confidence as she posed on the carpet, and enjoyed a night away from her successful stint on Strictly Come Dancing so far.
Bold: The dress was then made more striking by extending into a longer, pleated skirt at the back – keeping the look sophisticated as well as stylish
Leading lady: Debbie tied her outfit together with metallic pointed court shoes and a matching bronze clutch bag, as she beamed widely cameras
The blonde is partnered with Giovanni Pernice, and the pair have landed spots towards the top of the leaderboard with their show-stopping Paso Doble and Viennese Waltz.
Fans had rushed to Debbie’s defense on Saturday night however – claiming she was unfairly penalised for another sensational routine.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood deducted a point off Debbie’s Quickstep for coming out of hold for more than ten seconds, which is apparently not allowed.
Red hot! Debbie was the picture of confidence as she posed on the carpet, and enjoyed a night away from her successful stint on Strictly Come Dancing so far (above)
The decision didn’t seem to sit too well with viewers at home as they flocked to Twitter to express their fury, writing: ‘I think Debbie MgGee is the unsung hero of this show. They’re over harsh on her when she’s being so amazing! #Strictly.’
And: ‘I’ve watched #Strictly since it started. When has this 10 second rule EVER come about????!!! Brilliant dance again, Debbie!!’
Yet, casting the drama aside, Debbie was joined by a number of high-profile guests as she relaxed at the exciting theatre event, including Kate Garraway and comedian Katherine Ryan.
VIP: Debbie was joined by a number of high-profile guests as she relaxed at the exciting theatre event, including Kate Garraway
Unbe-leaf-able: Kate stunned in a chiffon shirt dress, patterned with vibrant green leaves all over
Adding to the fray: Comedian Katherine Ryan channeled her inner ballerina in a pretty pleated frock (L) while Linda Robson kept things casual in black trousers and a bright scarf
Stars of the show: Director Mel and choreographer Susan Stroman beamed widely ahead of the opening night of the new show – based on his original 1974 film
Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein sees the 1974 comedy-horror film of the same name brought to life as a musical onstage, by the creators of The Producers and Blazing Saddles.
The production follows Frederick Frankenstein, who inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius grandfather Victor – the protagonist of the famous novel.
Renowned theatre star Hadley Fraser stars as the lead character, while Leslie Joseph and Ross Noble co-star as Frau Blücher and Igor.
Glam girl: Joan Collins commanded attention as she arrived at the event with Percy Gibson
Suits you! Joan looked typically slick and suave in tailored fitted trousers and a black blazer, layered atop a crisp white shirt
Here come the girls: Theatre star Elaine Paige flashed her leggy figure in a saucy mini skirt
Say cheese! Christopher Biggins beamed widely for cameras as he headed inside to watch the show in a pinstriped suit
Funny guy: Meanwhile comedian Lee Mack opted for a more casual jeans and jacket combo as he arrived ahead of the first show