The legendary Mel Brooks will take The Chicago Theatre stage on Saturday, May 27, 2017 for an inside look at his storied career and the making of the monstrously entertaining Young Frankenstein. The cinematic masterpiece will be presented on the big screen at 3:00PM and will be followed by a live conversation with Brooks.
Mel Brooks is one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment awards – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second in 1968 for the screenplay of his first feature film The Producers. Many hit comedy films followed including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
For three consecutive seasons, Mel Brooks won Emmy Awards for his role as “Uncle Phil” on the hit sitcom Mad About You. Brooks received three Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for The Producers, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006. He continued his success on Broadway with The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, which ran from 2007 to 2009.
In 2009, Mel Brooks received The Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing his lifetime of extraordinary contributions to American culture. In the spring of 2013, Brooks was the 41st recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award and the subject of the Emmy Award-winning American Masters documentary on PBS, Mel Brooks: Make A Noise.