Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner Mel Brooks returns to Broadway as part of the In Residence on Broadway series June 17–18. Mel Brooks on Broadway is presented both nights 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 Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, 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.
The Lunt-Fontanne is currently the home of the In Residence on Broadway series, a collaboration between Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Entertainment Benefits Group. The series continues with Regina Spektor June 20–26 and concludes with illusionist Criss Angel July 2–7. Dave Chappelle will play the Broadway venue July 9-13, and Barry Manilow is scheduled for a July 26–August 17 engagement.