Everyone from President Obama to Beyoncé has stopped backstage after seeing Hamilton, but the show’s director, Thomas Kail, says he usually leaves it to the cast to schmooze with the big names. “My tendency when these things happen is to sort of watch them interact with the cast, and that, to me, seems to be the greatest thing,” Kail told Vulture at the New York Stage and Film Gala on Sunday. However Kail did get to meet Mel Brooks, who attended the smash Broadway musical about ten days ago. “He said it was the best musical he’s ever seen,” said Kail. “Except for The Producers. Which I thought was the most Mel Brooks–ian thing he possibly could have said.” So we guess he liked Hamilton better than Young Frankenstein.