Cloris Leachman has been invited to N.Y. by Mel Brooks for a table reading of the B’way -bound “Young Frankenstein–The Musical.” Mel directs the book which he and “Producers” partner Tom Meehan have written. Mel is again witing the tunes and Susan Stroman will again direct.
Cloris would play the role of “Frau Blucher” which she made famous in Brooks’ 1974 classic “Young Frankenstein” movie which co-starred Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr and Mel. Cloris is currently Germanic-accented again in “Beerfest” as Great Gam Gam. Cloris also teamed with Mel Brooks in “High Anxiety” and “The History of The World, Part I.”
She is no stranger to B’way. She starred in “South Pacific” as Nellie Forbush in 1949, and in 1950 co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in “As You Like It.” and she’s been on stage between movie and tv stints ever since. She just won her ninth Emmy. She heads to N.Y. in November.