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I've Got the Monkeys
03-17-2010, 07:07 AM
Back on the Horse: Mel Brooks Penning Songs for Blazing Saddles Musical (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/137884-Back-on-the-Horse-Mel-Brooks-Penning-Songs-for-Blazing-Saddles-Musical)
Three's a charm? Brooks is already two songs into Blazing Saddles, the musical, he told the Canadian Press. He's writing a third new number.
The Tony Award-winning 83-year-old composer-lyricist-librettist told The Canadian Press that if the show materializes, "I wouldn't rush to New York with it because the [New York] Times would say: 'Oh dear, oh dear, another movie converted and transmogrified into a musical.' The Times was only lukewarm to Young Frankenstein, but you know, everybody else was hot — some of the greatest reviews I ever got."
Brooks said it could be completely written within the next year. No production plan or creative team has been announced for the still-gestating Blazing Saddles musical. Thomas Meehan co-wrote the book to The Producers and Young Frankenstein, which were both directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

I loved the Producers, but Young Frankenstein on Broadway was only "Meh."

Blazing Saddles had seemed like it should have been the followup to Producers, so I'm hopeful this works out well.

Meanwhile, in other humorous musical news:
the Eric Idle concert, Not the Messiah, will be available in the U.S. of A., perhaps as a one-night-only theatrical event (as in England) and definitely as a DVD (http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2010_03_13.html#018658)

Jim T.
03-17-2010, 07:09 AM
I wonder just how much play the racism will get. Much like Archie Bunker, I'm not so sure Blazing Saddles could even be made today, regardless of the underlying mockery of racism that is going on.

Patch
03-17-2010, 07:12 AM
A chorus of farting cowboys?

Doug
03-17-2010, 07:16 AM
I did not care for the Producers at all. It took itself way too seriously.

Where as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Spamalot did not, and I liked those two much more than the Producers.

TIP
03-17-2010, 07:19 AM
Looking forward to the showstopping tune WHERE THE WHITE WOMEN AT.

T

Doug
03-17-2010, 07:22 AM
Looking forward to the showstopping tune WHERE THE WHITE WOMEN AT.

T

Followed by the heartfelt ballad IT'S TWUE, IT'S TWUE.

I've Got the Monkeys
03-17-2010, 07:28 AM
I can't wait to see the Governor's solo, HELLO BOYS, and his duet with Hedley, HARUMPH.

SidekicksRevenge
03-17-2010, 07:30 AM
Seriously, I'm there on opening night.

Taxman
03-17-2010, 07:40 AM
I did not care for the Producers at all. It took itself way too seriously.It could have been worse. It could have been Tony Danza in the lead.

I've Got the Monkeys
03-17-2010, 07:44 AM
I had always hoped that when Nathan Lane stepped down as Bialystock, that Ernie Sabella would have stepped in.

Or, even more of a pipe dream, that Gene Wilder would have played Bialystock just once.

Foolish Mortal
03-17-2010, 07:47 AM
I wonder just how much play the racism will get. Much like Archie Bunker, I'm not so sure Blazing Saddles could even be made today, regardless of the underlying mockery of racism that is going on.
I have to agree. The rampant Political Correctness today makes it hard to do any good satire.

The whole controversy over the Obama New Yorker cover shows that.

Taxman
03-17-2010, 07:52 AM
I had always hoped that when Nathan Lane stepped down as Bialystock, that Ernie Sabella would have stepped in.

Or, even more of a pipe dream, that Gene Wilder would have played Bialystock just once.Does one get more retired than Gene Wilder?

mario
03-17-2010, 07:54 AM
a chorus of farting cowboys?


yes!!!!

SidekicksRevenge
03-17-2010, 07:54 AM
I have to agree. The rampant Political Correctness today makes it hard to do any good satire.

The whole controversy over the Obama New Yorker cover shows that.

I think that if over-the-top racism for the sake of mocking over-the-top racism doesn't work as legitimate social commentary with the teabagging movement in full swing, it will never work again.

mario
03-17-2010, 07:55 AM
Can't wait for the nigger song!!

Taxman
03-17-2010, 07:56 AM
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I've Got the Monkeys
03-17-2010, 08:28 AM
Can't wait for the nigger song!!

You mean, THE SHERIFF IS A N_________, the ensemble and chorus song?


Does one get more retired than Gene Wilder?

One could be Rick Moranis.

Rick America
03-17-2010, 09:35 AM
I had always hoped that when Nathan Lane stepped down as Bialystock, that Ernie Sabella would have stepped in.

Or, even more of a pipe dream, that Gene Wilder would have played Bialystock just once.

I always thought a one-time performance with Mel Brooks as Bialystock and Gene Wilder as Bloom would have been a natural after Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick left and would have raked in huge money --- even if it was just a walk-through with scripts.

The Funketeer
03-17-2010, 10:11 AM
I thought for sure he'd try Robin Hood: Men in Tights next.

SidekicksRevenge
03-17-2010, 10:46 AM
I thought for sure he'd try Robin Hood: Men in Tights next.

Wait until we see how well this Russel Crowe vehicle does...

GelfXIII
03-17-2010, 11:14 AM
Somehow, I'm picturing a very high-brow song about the epicurean delights of the legume, composed to the low rumbles of bi-labial fricatives around a campfire.

Josh!
03-17-2010, 03:09 PM
So who should play Sheriff Bart? and the Waco Kid?

thatguyfromsyracuse
03-17-2010, 03:15 PM
I would love to go see this.

Also, Mongos solo, ONLY PAWN (IN GAME OF LIFE)

mario
03-17-2010, 03:24 PM
So who should play Sheriff Bart? and the Waco Kid?

I think Mos Def would be perfect for Sheriff Bart.

Or Don Cheadle

I've Got the Monkeys
03-18-2010, 09:57 AM
he should be able to salvage all the little songs about Rock Ridge for the musical, right?

I wonder if he can mine the tv pilot, Black Bart, for jokes.

GelfXIII
03-18-2010, 11:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-pmpgrYQgs

I've Got the Monkeys
05-10-2010, 05:36 AM
Update!

The DVD of Not the Messiah (http://www.amazon.com/Not-Messiah-Eric-Idle/dp/B003DF44SI/) will be available in stores and online, in DVD and Blu-Ray, on June 8th.

CapnChaos
05-10-2010, 05:49 AM
I am very much looking forward to them dancing around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots.

http://www.morethings.com/fan/blazing_saddles/blazing-saddles-150.jpg

Kody
05-10-2010, 06:12 AM
I want to go to there.

Taxman
05-10-2010, 09:05 AM
If Blazing Saddles as written for the screen hit Broadway now as an original property, it be almost as politically incorrect as Springtime for Hitler would have been in the 60's.