Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner Mel Brooks is the latest addition to the roster of the new In Residence on Broadway series. Mel Brooks on Broadway will be presented June 17 and 18 at 7 PM at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).
In the two-night engagement, the actor, writer, director, and producer will combine off-the-cuff comedy, personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work.
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. Many hit comedies followed, including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
He received three 2001 Tony Awards for The Producers, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006. The stage adaptation of his movie holds the record for the most Tonys ever won by a Broadway production. He followed that success with Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009 and opened in London’s West End in fall 2017. In 2009, Brooks received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2013 he was the 41st recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award. In 2016, President Obama presented him with The National Medal of Arts.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting April 23 at 10 AM through TicketMaster.com. A limited number of VIP experiences will be available for each performance.
The In Residence series is a collaboration between Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Entertainment Benefits Group. As previously announced, Morrissey will kick off the lineup May 2–11, with Yanni playing the Lunt-Fontanne May 28–June 2, Regina Spektor June 20–26, and illusionist Criss Angel set for July 2–7. Additional participants for gigs through July will be announced later.