Mel Brooks

Also Credited As: Melvin Brooks

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

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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.

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Photos: Get a First Look at WALLY & HIS LOVER BOYS at Compulsion Dance & Theatre

Compulsion Dance & Theatre presents the outrageous comedy Wally & His Lover Boys, written and directed by Michael Mizerany. See photos here!

Lyric Stage To Present THE PRODUCERS in January

Lyric Stage presents The Producers, a hilarious musical about a Broadway producer and his accountant who scheme to produce a flop but end up with a hit.


PCS Theater has announced the upcoming production of 'Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein' (West End Version), running from December 15th to December 30th at the Players Club of Swarthmore.

THE PRODUCERS Comes to Wilmington's OHTC in 2024

Opera House Theatre Company will present The Producers on the Thalian Hall main stage running from December 30, 2023 until January 14, 2024.

Review: Eden Casteel Reveals Her Big Voice And Heart In KAHN ARTIST: MADELINE AND ME

Eden Casteel has a big voice and a big heart, and both were on display at Don’t Tell Mama on Tuesday night for “Kahn Artist: Madeline and Me.” Having premiered the show at The Arctic Playhouse and Cabaret in Rhode Island in July of 2022, Casteel presented the third of four NYC performances to a small but very appreciative crowd.

George S. Kaufman's THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN is Coming to Wisconsin's Arts + Literature Laboratory This Month

A revival of the hilarious Broadway self-parody, The Butter and Egg Man, is coming to Arts + Literature Laboratory on November 28. Don't miss this staged reading filled with behind-the-curtain mayhem and comedy classics.

Max Announces TALKING PICTURES: A MOVIE MEMORIES PODCAST In Collaboration With Turner Classic Movies

Max and Turner Classic Movies have announced their newest collaboration titled TALKING PICTURES: A MOVIE MEMORIES PODCAST, co-produced by the teams that created “The Plot Thickens” and recent hits like HBO's “The Last of Us Podcast” and “Succession Podcast.”

Way Off Broadway to Hold Auditions For DIANA - THE MUSICAL

Way Off Broadway announces auditions for its regional theatre premiere production of Diana - The Musical. Auditions will be held on December 11th. The show tells the story of Princess Diana and her impact on England.

Pantochino Brings Michael McAssey's HOLIDAY SHENANIGANS To Milford

Award-winning Pantochino Productions will present “Holiday Shenanigans,” a piano bar show starring Michael McAssey at Milford Arts Council, the MAC located at 40 Railroad Avenue in downtown Milford CT for a one night only performance on Friday, December 15th at 7:30pm.

Act II Playhouse Honors Comedy Legends In World Premiere Comedy Cabaret Starring Tony Braithwaite

Act II Playhouse announces its latest production entitled “Christmas in the Catskills”; an original comedy cabaret starring Philadelphia's Funniest Man, Tony Braithwaite. 

Way Off Broadway Celebrates The Holiday Season With JINGLE JINGLE ALL THE WAY

Celebrate the holiday season with Way Off Broadway's original holiday show, Jingle Jingle All the Way.

Review: The New York Pops Celebrates 21st CENTURY BROADWAY Musicals in Their Rousing Season Opener at Carnegie Hall

Under the talented and guiding hand of music director and conductor Steven Reineke, this exceptional orchestra gives Broadway songs a majesty and heft that most Broadway orchestra pits cannot provide.

Meet the Cast of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

The new musical How to Dance in Ohio, inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name, begins previews on Broadway tonight, November 15. Meet the cast of How to Dance in Ohio here!

Ramin Karimloo and Michelle Visage Will Star in THE ADDAMS FAMILY in Concert in London

The Addams Family, A Musical Comedy will perform live in concert in the West End for the first time, playing at the London Palladium on Monday February 12 and Tuesday 13 2024. The show will star Michelle Visage as Morticia Addams, Ramin Karimloo as Gomez Addams.

Review: SPAMALOT at Théatre De Paris

After the huge success of the Mel Brooks musical 'The Producers', 'Monty Python’s Spamalot' was a logical choice to follow suite with another stage adaptation of a hilarious and sometimes bawdy movie, just like it happened on Broadway, where both shows followed one another, winning Tonys.

Photos: Mercury Theater Celebrates The Opening Of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Mercury Theatre Chicago celebrates the opening of  the monstrously funny Mel Brooks musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. See photos from opening night below.

Photos: First Look At CM Performing Arts Presents Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

First look at CM Performing Arts Center's currentl production of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein the Musical, running on the Main Stage in The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre through November 5. See photos from the production.

Review: DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH at Great Lakes Theater

What did our critic think of DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH at Great Lakes Theater? The cast worked hard, the stagehands did their part with great enthusiasm, but all in all DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH just didn’t live up to expectations. 

Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Keystone Theatrics At The Playhouse At Allenberry

This performance of Young Frankenstein by the cast and crew of Keystone Theatrics is one you won’t want to miss. It is hilarious and heart-warming.


Mel Brooks has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Mel Brooks has not appeared in the West End

Mel Brooks has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for "Young Frankenstein," Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards for "The Producers," Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Producers," Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Producers," Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "The Producers," Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Producers," Best Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Producers," and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "The Producers."

Mel Brooks has won several awards for his work in the Broadway musical "The Producers." These include the Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards, Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards, Best Musical at the Tony Awards, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards.

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

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