Mel Brooks´ own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with original interviews and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema - and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes listeners inside the classic film´s marvelous creation story via contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably legendary writer-director Mel Brooks. This book also relies on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman, and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff. Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recently he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. Three of Brooks´ classics have appeared on AFI´s 100 Years...100 Laughs list: Blazing Saddles at number six, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (cowritten with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and his producing credits include Superbad, Br... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mel Brooks, Michael Gruskoff, Robert Petkoff, Ellen Archer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002778de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He´s a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he´s just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well?Of course not - his family is driving him crazy, and his boyfriend can´t seem to get rid of his other boyfriend. Add to that an alcoholic diva, the cheapest producing team on Broadway, and a comatose casting director, and you have some of the other characters buzzing around Stephen´s Broadway break. Then there´s Stephen himself - neurotic and bitchy - who realizes that maybe total happiness is overrated.Narrated by Seth Rudetsky, from Sirus radio and Broadway´s The Ritz; Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award winner, star of Wicked and TV´s Pushing Daisies; James Wesley from the Rosie O´Donnell cruise ship; Jonathan Groff, Tony Nominee from Broadway´s Spring Awakening; Andrea Martin, Tony Award winner, from SCTV, and currently in Young Frankenstein; Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, and Susan Blackwell from [title of show]; Mary Birdsong (from TV´s RENO 911); Andrea Burns, from Broadway´s Tony nominated In the Heights; Andy Karl, from Broadway´s Legally Blonde and the upcoming 9 to 5; Anika Larsen, from off Broadway´s Zanna, Don´t and Broadway´s Xanadu; Billy Porter, from Broadway´s Grease and winner of Star Search!; Richard Kind, from TV´s Spin City and Broadway´s The Producers. Jim Price, from Les Miserables and Off-Broadway´s Bat Boy; Ann Harada from Avenue Q and the upcoming 9 to 5; Emily Skinner Tony nominee from Broadway´s Side Show; Juli Wesley - Becky´s First Grade Class at PS 98; and Sally Rudetsky (Seth´s Mom). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, Ann Harada, Richard Kind, Jonathan Groff, Ann Hara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000228de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton´s award-winning Enough Rope series, ranking among the most penetrating discussions from the 2000s with celebrities, larger-than-life personalities and average Joes. Mel Brooks has been responsible for many of the funniest moments of the last 40 years. How is this for some credits?: The Two Thousand Year Old Man, Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein. And of course, the hit musical The Producers, which at the time of this interview had just opened in Australia. He´s also responsible for my favourite definition of comedy: ´Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.´ Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Mel Brooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Denton, Mel Mel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001489de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fresh Air continues its Holiday Week of Songs from Broadway and Hollywood with an interview with singer-songwriter Randy Newman and comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks. Randy Newman is best known for his hit songs ´´Short People´´ and ´´I Love LA´´. He´s written for a number of films including, Ragtime, Avalon, The Natural, Toy Story, Babe and Seabiscuit. He´s received fourteen Oscar nominations and was given the Academy Award in 2002. Recently he released Volume One of The Randy Newman Songbook. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have just returned to Broadway and their starring roles in The Producers - the show based on Brooks´ first feature film. They´re doing a limited run through April 14. The Producers won 12 Tonys in 2001, including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best actor. The book, the music and lyrics were written by Brooks. He´s made some of the funniest films in movie history, including The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles. (Original Broadcast Date: November 16, 1992) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/040101de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.