Mel Brooks is en route to taking over Broadway.
The Jewish funnyman revealed in an interview yesterday that a Broadway adaptation of his 1974 Western comedy, “Blazing Saddles,” is in the works.
“Well ‘Blazing Saddles’ is almost there. I get the feeling that if I could find the time to write three or four more songs, it could be a bold and crazy musical,” Brooks told The Wrap.
Brooks, 86, said he has no intentions of retiring any time soon, and has hinted in previous interviews that he’s working on a “Blazing Saddles” show. Last year, Brooks told Broadway World he was “thinking” about it.
“A lot of it is musical already. It has a rather fanciful and fantastic tone to it. and now that Django Unchained has literally used the N word, I think I’m in the clear. I don’t look so bad. He really used that word a lot,” he noted.
Brooks’ movies have made their debut to Broadway in the past: the 1968 comedy, “The Producers,” hit Broadway in 2001 and scored a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. However, more recently, Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” came to Broadway in 2007, and after less than 500 performances, closed in early 2009.
We’re hoping he does come through with a Broadway adaption, and includes the Yiddish-speaking Indians…