From today's "Page Six" comes the news that Mel Brooks is reportedly considering following up Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Somewhat Disappointing Musical with a Broadway adaptation of Blazing Saddles. To which we must throw up our hands and say: ENOUGH, MEL!
You took a mediocre movie, The Producers, and turned it into a good musical. You took a good movie, Young Frankenstein, and turned it into a mediocre musical. And now you want to take a fantastic movie and turn it into a musical? Even with the inevitable kick-line of farting cowboys, how could Blazing Saddles be anything but a disappointment onstage? If you're gonna turn another one of your movies into a musical, how about something that is remembered fondly but wasn't all that good? How about Spaceballs: The Musical? Think of the songs! "She's Gone From 'Suck' to 'Blow'"! "Ludicrous Speed"! And the eleven o'clock number, Princess Vespa crooning "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" in a rich baritone!
Or better yet, just write something new.
Blazing Brooks [NYP]