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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Musicals / Industry News

IN THE SPOTLIGHT... MEL BROOKS

Born on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, Mel Brooks is an iconic filmmaker, director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer, known for classic film comedies including THE PRODUCERS, BLAZING SADDLES, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SPACEBALLS, and ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS amongst many other works. The longtime spouse of actress Anne Bancroft, Brooks started his own production company, Brooksfilms, and has won awards in a slew of categories, including an Academy Award and multiple Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards. Namely for THE PRODUCERS, he received three 2001 Tony Awards (Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Musical) and two Grammy Awards (Best Musical Show Album and Best Long Form Music Video).

Book by MEL BROOKS & THOMAS MEEHAN
Music & Lyrics by MEL BROOKS
Two Acts, Book Musical

 

IT'S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy.
With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster -- but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.

"DELIGHTFULLY NUTTY! GLITTERING, BUOYANT FUN that
TICKLES ITS AUDIENCE INTO HIGH SPIRITS. CLASSIC BROOKS!"
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Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

 

Young Frankenstein The Musical
Original Broadway Cast Montage starring Roger Bart, Megan Mullally & Sutton Foster

Book by MEL BROOKS & THOMAS MEEHAN
Music & Lyrics by MEL BROOKS
Two Acts, Book Musical

 

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humour. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they manoeuvre their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime For Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender”!

Book by MEL BROOKS & JOE DARION
Music by GEORGE KLEINSINGER
Lyrics by JOE DARION
Two Acts, Book Musical

 

In a deserted office, a cockroach dives headfirst onto the keys of a typewriter, pouring out the ruminations of his soul. It's "archy" (he's too small to hold down the shift key), poet, philosopher, moralist and futile worshipper of "mehitabel," the alley cat.
This bizarre, highly original musical takes us into the streets of the big city as archy tries hopelessly to bring the "toujours gai" mehitabel off the back fence and into a respectable home as a housecat.
Versatile actors play the various urbane, non-human city dwellers we encounter along the way, suggesting their animal characteristics without explicit costumes. Designers will have a field day with the unit set of oversized props and set pieces. Featuring a book by Joe Darion and comic legend Mel Brooks and a "cool" jazz score which remains one of the only examples of this genre in the commercial theatre, ARCHY & MEHITABEL is one of the most daring musicals of its time, a beguiling, sexy, somewhat nostalgic modern-day fable full of wit, wisdom and the unexpected.

Archy & Mehitabel
Trailer from Piggback Fringe Festival


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