Thursday, April 18, 2024

Mel Brooks: Working on “Blazing Saddles” Musical for Broadway, and “Young Frankenstein” to London


The great Mel Brooks told me last night at his AFI tribute that he still has lots of plans for stage shows. Brooks said first of all that “Blazing Saddles” may yet make it to Broadway.

It’s not quite a linear movie like “The Producers” or “Young Frankenstein,” so it’s taking a bit longer to figure out. But my guess is we’ll see “Blazing Saddles” by 2015 at the latest, and probably earlier.

And Mel is hoping to bring “Young Frankenstein” to the West End in London. He’s in talks now. I loved “Young Frankenstein” as a musical. It got mixed reviews in New York — mostly because everyone wanted “The Producers” part two.

Brooks is very busy, very funny and still on top of his game. Also, his son Max wrote the book upon which “World War Z” is based. Really, Mel should be making a parody of “‘WWZ” after the blockbuster runs its course this summer. Cloris Leachman as a zombie leader? Absolutely!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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