Mel Brooks Mulling Broadway 'Frankenstein'
As Mel Brooks prepares to introduce the movie remake of "The Producers" next month, the legendary entertainer is mulling a return to his cult classic 1974 comedy, "Young Frankenstein," this time for aAs Mel Brooks prepares to introduce the movie remake of "The Producers" next month, the legendary entertainer is mulling a return to his cult classic 1974 comedy, "Young Frankenstein," this time for a possible Broadway version.
"Me and [Thomas Meehan], who wrote the book with me on the original musical of 'The Producers,' we're working on 'Young Frankenstein' for Broadway," Brooks tells Billboard. "Whether it comes out or not, I don't know, but we're having fun working on it. I have six or seven songs written for it."
Asked if this would then lead to an updated film version of "Frankenstein,” much as the Broadway run of "The Producers" has now spawned a film, Brooks says, "As soon as it's a musical, they'll want to remake it!”
In the new "Producers" film, Broadway cast members Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return alongside Will Ferrell as playwright Franz Liebkind and Uma Thurman as Swedish secretary Ulla.
Brooks wrote a new end-credit track, "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway," which is featured on the Sony Classical soundtrack along with a Celine Dion-style power ballad performance of "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" by Ferrell.
Brooks cautions audiences to stay in their seats for the credits: "So many things are going to happen and the audience will be unsuspecting. They'll get up and leave and miss three or four minutes of wacky, heavenly stuff."