Mel’s Pals

Carl Reiner and Mel BrooksThe 2000 Year Old Man and his best friend reunited last Saturday night in Seattle. After the final curtain of “Young Frankenstein” at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Mel Brooks was met — and congratulated — by his lifelong friend and occasional partner, Carl Reiner.

Personal manager George Shapiro chartered a plane and Carl, wife Estelle and her nurse winged from L.A., Saturday ayem, in time for the show’s matinee. Afterwards, at the stage door, it was hugs, then a return to L.A. in time for dinner.

“It is the best musical I’ve ever seen,” Carl, no slouch on stage, himself as a writer-director, enthusiastically reported to me. I read him Variety’s rave review by David Rooney and Reiner said, “Exactly right!” — then added his own applause. “Mel outdid himself with this score,” and, “Susan Stroman (choreographer-director) does things you never seen before!”

Brooks returned to L.A. today before heading to N.Y. to rejoin the company which closes in Seattle Sept. 1 then heads to N.Y. to ready for the start of previews Oct. 11 and the Nov. 8 opening in N.Y. where, Rooney predicts, “it looks certain to have a stranglehold on Broadway.”

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