Sure, she may no longer be a "Dancing With The Stars" contestant -- and the oldest one ever at that -- but her Herculean antics on the ABC series may have earned Cloris Leachman a second look by Mel Brooks for his Young Frankenstein Broadway musical.
Passed over initially because Brooks didn't want her to "die on stage," Leachman challenged him via her representative Steve Rohr "to three rounds in the ring, and we'll see who's left standing."
What a difference a slice of reality television can make. Leachman is asked about a second crack at Young Frankenstein in a Q&A with Newsweek:
Is it true Mel Brooks wants you to reprise your part in Young Frankenstein on Broadway?If Brooks manages to bring the 82 year old actress back to the Broadway boards for her first time in nearly 50 years, far from being a neigh-sayer, I'll be happy to plunk down a little spare cash to cheer her on and hear those horses whinny but good.
Yeah. We're negotiating.
He once said you were so old, he worried you'd die onstage.
He's not worried anymore. Corky [Ballas, her dance partner on the show] threw me around today on "The View," and I thought I was dead when I stood up. I can't tell you—I really thought I died! I thought I was in heaven.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).