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Mel Brooks

Also Credited As: Melvin Brooks
 
Date Of Birth:
June 28, 1926 (96)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bio:
Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes - the Tony, the Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar. His career began in television writing for Your Show of Shows and together with Buck Henry creating the long ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 28, 1926 (96)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Bio:
Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes - the Tony, the Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar. His career began in television writing for Your Show of Shows and together with Buck Henry creating the long ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Residency Program, 2019
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Judge [Replacement]

Productions

 
[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Book[Replacement]
Music and lyrics[Replacement]
Producer[Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 2009]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Producer
 
[West End, 2004]
Producer
 
[Canada, 2003]
Producer
 
[US Tour, 2003]
Producer
 
[US Tour, 2002]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Producer
Producer

Writing

Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Source Material
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist

Mel Brooks Biography

Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes - the Tony, the Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar. His 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 & 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. Many hit comedy films 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. 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. 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. He followed that success with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009 and opened in London's West End in the Fall of 2017 to rave reviews. 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 called "Mel Brooks: Make A Noise" and was the 41st recipient of the AFI's Life Achievement Award. His recent projects include three Emmy nominated HBO comedy specials Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again, Mel Brooks Strikes Back!, and Mel Brooks Live at The Geffen. In 2016 Mr. Brooks was invited to the White House, where President Obama presented him with The National Medal of Arts - the highest award given to artists by the United States government.

Mel Brooks Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Lyrics
Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein
 
Olivier Awards - 2005 - Best New Musical Gold Star
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Mel Brooks , The Producers
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Best Musical Gold Star
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Musical Gold Star
Mel Brooks, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Mel Brooks, The Producers

Mel Brooks News

Loxen Productions Brings CABARET To Miami Photo Loxen Productions Brings CABARET To Miami
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2022

Loxen Productions will begin their 2023 season with the provocative, award-winning musical Cabaret at the historic ARTime Theater. The production will run for a limited time, starting January 6 through January 15, with performances running from Friday to Sunday. Ticket prices begin at $35 and are on sale now.

Wake Up With BWW 11/16: PRIMA FACIE Coming to Broadway, Grammy Nominations, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 11/16: PRIMA FACIE Coming to Broadway, Grammy Nominations, and More!
by - Nov 16, 2022

Top stories include Prima Facie, starring Jodie Comer, which is headed to Broadway in April 2023. Plus, check out this year's Grammy nominations, including the Best Musical Theatre Album!

Randy Rainbow, ENCANTO & More Nominated For GRAMMY Awards - See the Full List of Nomi Photo Randy Rainbow, ENCANTO & More Nominated For GRAMMY Awards - See the Full List of Nominations!
by Michael Major - Nov 15, 2022

Randy Rainbow, ABBA, Encanto, West Side Story, ABBA, Lady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mel Brooks, and more have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards! Check out the complete list of winners now, which also includes Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and more.

Eden Casteel to Present KAHN ARTIST: MADELINE AND ME at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cab Photo Eden Casteel to Present KAHN ARTIST: MADELINE AND ME at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 21, 2022

Eden Casteel brings Kahn Artist: Madeline And Me to Chicago on Friday, November 4, 8pm at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret. In thirty seconds of comic, high-note humor, Kahn inspired Casteel to want to be just like her: 'wealthy, glamorous, with an unbelieveable singing voice.' (Well, two out of three ain't bad).

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces 2023 Season; ROCK OF AGES, BIG RIVER, and More! Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Announces 2023 Season; ROCK OF AGES, BIG RIVER, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2022

The 2023 Mercury Theater Chicago season has been announced, opening with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, written by Lanie Robertson and starring Alexis J. Roston as Billie Holiday, to be performed in the Venus Cabaret Theater.

Entr'Acte Theatrix' Offers A Halloween Treat With YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Running October Photo Entr'Acte Theatrix' Offers A Halloween Treat With YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Running October 21-30
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 17, 2022

Along with their commitment to provide opportunities for young and up and coming talent, Entr'Acte Theatrix has a longstanding tradition of giving back to their community. 

Segal Centre Presents DRACULA: A Comedy Of Terrors This Month Photo Segal Centre Presents DRACULA: A Comedy Of Terrors This Month
by Stephi Wild - Oct 13, 2022

Just in time for Halloween, the Segal Centre launches their season with the fresh and hysterical Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors by Piaf/Dietrich director Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen. This hilarious send-up with a Mel Brooks-esque twist on the classic tale will have audiences screaming with laughter in the Sylvan Adams Theatre from October 23 to November 13, 2022. 

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks Auditioning and THE MUSIC MAN on THE TONIGHT SHOW Photo VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks Auditioning and THE MUSIC MAN on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 8, 2022

Watch Sutton Foster discuss auditioning and THE MUSIC MAN with Jimmy Fallon on THE TONIGHT SHOW.

Video: Go on a Backstage Tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre Photo Video: Go on a Backstage Tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 6, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment are presenting the monstrously hilarious first show of their 2022-2023 season, the Southern California premiere of the newly-revised, London version of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Take a look at a backstage tour here!

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, RENT, CHARLOTTE'S WEB & More Lead Orlando's October Theater Top P Photo YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, RENT, CHARLOTTE'S WEB & More Lead Orlando's October Theater Top Picks
by BWW Staff - Oct 6, 2022

Orlando is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. This month's offerings include Young Frankenstein, Rent, Charlotte's Web, and more!

Mel Brooks Videos

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks Auditioning and THE MUSIC MAN on THE TONIGHT SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks Auditioning and THE MUSIC MAN on THE TONIGHT SHOW

by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 8, 2022

Watch Sutton Foster discuss auditioning and THE MUSIC MAN with Jimmy Fallon on THE TONIGHT SHOW.

Video: Go on a Backstage Tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre Videoplay
Video: Go on a Backstage Tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 6, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment are presenting the monstrously hilarious first show of their 2022-2023 season, the Southern California premiere of the newly-revised, London version of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Take a look at a backstage tour here!

Exclusive Video: First Look At Sally Struthers, A.J. Holmes & More in YOUNG FRANKENST Videoplay
Exclusive Video: First Look At Sally Struthers, A.J. Holmes & More in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 22, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment are presenting the monstrously hilarious first show of their 2022-2023 season, the Southern California premiere of the newly-revised, London version of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Get an exclusive first look at the company in action!

VIDEO: Netflix Debuts the Trailer for Nick Kroll's Netflix Stand-up Special Debut Videoplay
VIDEO: Netflix Debuts the Trailer for Nick Kroll's Netflix Stand-up Special Debut

by Michael Major - Sep 15, 2022

Filmed at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC, in a set that is hilarious with an emotional undercurrent, Nick also shows a bit of his vulnerable side as he talks getting his heart broken for the first time at the ripe age of 33, the power of mothers, his journey to fatherhood, … and much more. Watch the new video trailer now!

Exclusive Photos & Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Th Videoplay
Exclusive Photos & Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at La Mirada Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment are presenting the monstrously hilarious first show of their 2022-2023 season, the Southern California premiere of the newly-revised, London version of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Get an exclusive first look inside rehearsals here!

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Reveals Her 'Dream Role Goals' on COLBERT Videoplay
VIDEO: Sutton Foster Reveals Her 'Dream Role Goals' on COLBERT

by Michael Major - Apr 7, 2022

On a new episode of Stephen Colbert's 'Dream Role Goals,' Sutton Foster revealed her musical theatre dream roles. Foster discusses which Broadway roles she'd like to take one, including parts in Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!, and Funny Girl.

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks THE MUSIC MAN, Hugh Jackman, and More on THE LATE SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks THE MUSIC MAN, Hugh Jackman, and More on THE LATE SHOW

by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2022

Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster returned to The Late Show last night to share stories about working with her The Music Man co-star Hugh Jackman, and to give Stephen Colbert something special she made by hand in her dressing room.

VIDEO: Billy Crystal Talks Returning to Broadway in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on KIMMEL Videoplay
VIDEO: Billy Crystal Talks Returning to Broadway in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on KIMMEL

by Michael Major - Dec 1, 2021

Billy Crystal sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night to discuss returning to Broadway in a musical adaptino of his film, Mr. Saturday Night. He touched on Mel Brooks offering him a role in The Producers on Broadway, the best part of doing a Broadway show, and more. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: First Look at YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Ogunquit Playhouse

by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2021

Ogunquit¬†Playhouse concludes its 2021 season with the perfect spooky October production: Young¬†Frankenstein, starring John Bolton (Broadway's Anastasia) as the titular Frederick¬†Frankenstein¬†and featuring¬†Ogunquit¬†favorite Sally Struthers (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Frau Bl√ľcher.

VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks THE MUSIC MAN on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Videoplay
VIDEO: Sutton Foster Talks THE MUSIC MAN on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Michael Major - Oct 12, 2021

Sutton Foster appeared on Good Morning America this morning to talk The Musical Man with Hugh Jackman, her new book 'Hooked', and the finale of her hit TV series, Younger. Watch the interview now!


Mel Brooks Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Mel Brooks been in?
Mel Brooks has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Mel Brooks been in?
Mel Brooks has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Mel Brooks been nominated for?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Young Frankenstein , Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Producers , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Producers , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Producers Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Producers and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Producers .

What awards has Mel Brooks won?
Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Producers, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Producers, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Producers Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Producersand Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Producers.

How many shows has Mel Brooks written?
Mel Brooks has written 4 shows including Shinbone Alley (Bookwriter), All American (Bookwriter), The Producers (Source Material), Young Frankenstein (Bookwriter).


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