Michael Bellotti enjoys theater of all kinds, but his passion is musical comedy.
"I've done straight theater, but with a working family schedule, if I'm going to make a commitment like that it's going to be in a musical comedy," said Bellotti, who is playing Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the Home Made Theater production of the Mel Brooks' musical "Young Frankenstein." The show opens Friday and runs through Oct., 28 at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga State Park. "Musical comedy is my favorite genre, and I've always found Mel Brooks to be hysterical. I saw the show at Schenectady Light Opera three or four years ago, and ever since I've always wanted to be a part of a production."
"Young Frankenstein" is based on Brooks' 1974 comedy film of the same name starring Gene Wilder. Brooks reworked the show into a Broadway musical in 2007 and the production was nominated for seven Tony Awards, although it didn't win any. Unlike Brooks' other huge Broadway-to-Hollywood creation, "The Producers," the musical version of "Young Frankenstein" has not been made into a film.
"All the iconic scenes you've seen in the movie are in the musical," said Bellotti. "It's a great adaptation of the original film, with great musical numbers. If you were a fan of the movie you should love the play, too."
Bellotti enjoys the show so much that he would have been very happy playing the role of Igor, the doctor's assistant.
"I went to the audition thinking Dr. Frankenstein or Igor," he said. "I was very interested in either role. There are a lot of fantastic roles in this musical, so I was very happy when Home Made put it on the schedule and I'm very happy that I got the part."
Dawn Oesch is directing the show, while joining Bellotti on stage are Brittany Leigh Glenn as Elizabeth Benning, Kevin O'Toole as Igor, Kelly Sienkiewicz as Inga and Adrian J. Appleman as the Monster.
When Bellotti isn't performing in a musical, you might find him watching one of his sons perform in a school play in the Scotia-Glenville district, or just relaxing and enjoying one of his old favorites.
"My favorite musicals are in the comedy genre, so I really enjoy stuff like 'The Fully Monty' and 'Guys and Dolls,'" said Bellotti. "I also did Lord Farquaad in 'Shrek the Musical' at Home Made and that was one of my bucket list roles. And I'm really enjoying Frederick Frankenstein. I'm an engineer at the naval research lab in Niskayuna so having the opportunity to play a character like that is a lot of fun."
Bellotti and his family are also season ticket subscribers at Proctors, which means they have their "Hamilton" tickets.
"I haven't seen it yet, but we are all very familiar with the music," he said. "My whole family is very excited to see it."
Bellotti grew up in Harpersville, about halfway between Oneonta and Binghamton. His wife is a native of Hudson Falls.
"I dabbled as a professional in the theater for a while down in New York City," said Bellotti. "But we thought this area would be a great halfway point between my family and my wife's. It's been great working on productions at Home Made and Schenectady Light Opera Company. There are some wonderful, talented people to work with in this area."
Along with performing in "Shrek" at Home Made, Bellotti played the title character in "Sweeney Todd" at SLOC. He also has played Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" and was also in "Baby," both at SLOC.
WHERE: Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through Oct,. 28; performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $29-$26
MORE INFO: www.homemadetheater.org, or 518-587-4427