Legendary comedy writer and director Mel Brooks is heading back to Broadway, slated to perform a two-night solo show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in June. Brooks, the creative force behind the smash hit The Producers (which itself stemmed from his cult classic film from 1967), hits the stage on Monday June 17 and Tuesday June 18, according to several news reports.
The show will feature “off-the-cuff comedy, unbelievable personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work,” according to its producers. The limited engagement is part of The Residence on Broadway series, produced by Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Schubert-operated EBG. Other performers slated for the series, billed as showing performers include Regina Spektor and Yanni.
The Producers ran from 2001-2006 and won a record 12 Tony Awards, including three that went to Brooks (best musical, book and score). Its Broadway success spurned a new film – starring Matthew Broaderick and Nathan Lane, who originated the starring roles on Broadway. Young Frankenstein, based off another classic Brooks film from 1974, ran on Broadway from 2007-2009.
Aside from his Broadway successes, Brooks (born as Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn in 1926) will likely regale audiences with tales from his lengthy career, which began in the 1950s as a writer for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. Other notable hits on his resume include the 1960s TV classic Get Smart, and a run of films including Blazing Saddles, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood; Men in Tights, just to name a few. His 2001 wins at the Tony Awards landed him in the rarified air of the EGOT – so-called for individuals who have captured an Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Academy (film) and Tony (stage) award.
Tickets for the limited run are available now on Ticketmaster.com