Mel Brooks to Appear on Broadway at 92

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His Broadway productions have earned 12 Tony Awards and now, at 92, Mel Brooks will take the stage as part of the recently announced In Residence on Broadway series at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mel Brooks on Broadway will be for just two performances, on June 17 and 18. The production will be unscripted.

Tickets will sell-out quickly; they are available at Ticketmaster.

Brooks received three 2001 Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for The Producers: the New Mel Brooks Musical, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006. The Producers still holds the record for the most Tony awards ever won by a Broadway musical, with 12. He followed that success with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009.

Brooks is one of just 15 people who have earned an EGOT: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. (Others include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Audrey Hepburn and John Legend.)

Mel Brooks has created some of the most iconic comedies in film history including 1974’s Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, 1976’s Silent Movie, and 1981’s History of the World, Pt. 1.

For this exclusive two-night engagement. the actor, writer, director, and producer will star in an unscripted show combining off-the-cuff comedy, personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work.

Brooks’ career began in television writing for Your Show of Shows and together with Buck Henry creating the long running TV series Get Smart. He then teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform the Grammy-winning 2000 Year-Old Man comedy albums and books. Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers in 1968.

Watch Brooks and Reiner on The Hollywood Palace

Many hit comedy films followed including High Anxiety, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. His film company, Brooksfilms Limited, also produced critically acclaimed films such as The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances, My Favorite Year and 84 Charring Cross Road. For three successive seasons, 1997-1999 Mel Brooks won Emmy Awards for his role as “Uncle Phil” on the hit sitcom Mad About You.

Related: Our feature on Get Smart

In 2009 Mel Brooks received The Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to American culture. In 2013 he was the subject of an Emmy winning American Masters documentary on PBS, Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, and was a recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award. In 2016 President Obama presented Brooks with The National Medal of Arts – the highest award given to artists by the United States government.

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