Mel Brooks Says Blazing Saddles Musical on the Way
Mel Brooks, the funnyman who’s perfected the art of offending everyone in equal measure, has a new stage project in the works: He’s adapting a musical version of his 1974 Western satire, Blazing Saddles.
Although Brooks’ film career has proved both prolific and successful, thanks to now-classics like Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and The Producers, his latest musical (an adaption of Young Frankenstein) didn’t make as big of a splash. Brooks’ stage adaptation of The Producers, however, is another story. Starring the dynamic duo of Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, the Broadway show raked in a whopping 12 Tony awards in 2001.
Still, we have high hopes for the Blazing Saddles musical (Brooks says he’s written about two songs so far, and so the project is in the very early stages). After all, with Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards under his belt (Jealous, Tracy Jordan?), we’ll give anything the 83-year-old comedian creates a chance.
In a nod to his myriad accomplishments, Brooks received the 2,406th star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Friday.
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