HOORAY!! ITS A MEL BROOKS DOUBLE FEATURE
Come experience the lighter side of re-animating the dead and being wrongfully accused of murder with the Mel Brooks classics, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety showing April 1 at 7pm as an April Fools Day double feature.
Considered by many fans to be Brooks’ masterpiece, Young Frankenstein is the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, the American grandson of the infamous mad scientist. While struggling to prove that he is not as insane as his deceased relative, he is invited to Transylvania to settle his family affairs. Frederick takes up residence in his grandfather’s castle and during an evening of exploration discovers evidence his grandfather may not have been as crazy as the scientific community or Frederick once believed.
High Anxiety is Brooks’ spoof of over ten Alfred Hitchcock classics, including Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds. Brooks plays Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke, a renowned Harvard psychiatrist with a secret fear of heights. Accepting the position of director, Thorndyke takes over as the newest head of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. After discovering the last director died under suspicious circumstances, Thorndyke soon finds himself wanted for a murder he did not commit and struggling to clear his name. He eventually finds the only way he can do this is by overcoming his High Anxiety.
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. After serving in WWII Brooks became a drummer at a nightclub in the Catskills. He would eventually leave to start a career in radio which would then lead him to television. He was a writer for, Your Show of Shows (1950) and Caesar’s Hour (1954). Brooks also helped create The 2000 Year Old Man (1975) and Get Smart (1965) before embarking on a highly successful film career. Brooks has even made an impact on Broadway with the shows Shinbone Alley and The Producers, adapted from his 1968 film of the same name. While he has done other types of films Brooks is best known parodies such as Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, in addition to Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety.
Mel Brooks is one of the few people to ever win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. On December 5, 2009, he was one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He was awarded the 2,406th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 23, 2010. Brooks was presented with The American Film Institute’s highest honor, The AFI Life Achievement Award in June of 2013. In 2014 Brooks was honored in a handprint and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre. His concrete handprints include a six-fingered left hand as he wore a prosthetic finger when making his prints.
Tickets for this event are $8, includes fees, and seating is general admission. The box-office will open at 6pm and seating will begin at 6:30pm. To purchase tickets or find out more about this show visit Tibbits.org or call 517-278-6029.