Friday, May 25, 2007

Mel Brooks: "It Looks Like The Hilton Theatre"

Mel Brooks: "It Looks Like The Hilton Theatre"

From the "I hate to say I told you so" department comes a new podcast interview with Mel Brooks.

When specifically asked by The Strip's Steve Friess which theatre Brooks' stage musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein would occupy when it begins in time for Halloween, Brooks states:

It looks like the Hilton Theatre. It’s a beautiful theatre where I saw Ragtime and 42nd Street. We just simply need a big place. It used to be called the Ford. It’s on 42nd Street. Strangely enough, The Producers was a very backstage, very hip musical. And you’ve got to know a lot, you’ve got to buy a lot. You have to go along with a great, great Broadway flow.


But Young Frankenstein, it’s kind of like a great Gothic opera, you know, and young people, children love it. I get a lot of letters from 9-year-olds. Would you please sign my “Young Frankenstein" DVD or whatever. It’s amazing that Young Frankenstein, with some hip references, is a very, very family-oriented show. So we’re very lucky to get a 42nd Street theater. There are literally millions of people in New York City, especially in the summerm [sic] and they see the big monster up on the marquee and they say, I want to see that.


The next question, presumably to be answered by someone else, is when will The Pirate Queen's closing notices be posted?

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Related Stories:
End Of Plank For Pirate Queen? (May 18, 2007)
It's Official: Mullally Cast In Young Frankenstein (March 9, 2007)
The Hits From Coast To Coast (March 8, 2007)
Whither Goeth Chenoweth? (February 27, 2007)
Producers Out, Young Frankenstein In (February 22, 2007)
M-G-M: Movies-Going-Musical (January 3, 2007)
Young Frankenstein Workshop To Feature Monster Casting (October 11, 2006)

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4 Comments:

At 25 May, 2007, Blogger TheStripPodcast.Com said...

Hey! Thanks for the links and plug. And your readers would probably also enjoy hearing our interview with Brad Oscar a few weeks ago. They can find that by scrolling down a little on TheStripPodcast.Com.

 
At 25 May, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks Steve - Appreciate the heads-up!

 
At 28 May, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

I love that picture of Mel Brooks! I'm so excited about Young Frankenstein. I bet it would be a great show to see on opening night, or at least stand outside and watch all the celebrities!

 
At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther - The photo reminds me of that wonderful shot of Albert Einstein, another genius with a sense of humor.

 

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