Newark, New Jersey - New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Mel Brooks – The Schwartz Awakens invites you to experience Spaceballs like you’ve never seen it before – in full-format on the big screen – followed by Mel Brooks live on stage with a candid, hilarious look back. 

Since its original release in 1987, Spaceballs – Brooks’ send-up of the Star Wars trilogy – has become a galactic classic in its own right, following the adventures of Lone Star, his half-man/half-dog Barf, and Princess Vespa as they team up to fight the notorious Dark Helmet. In Spaceballs, Brooks balanced swashbuckling adventure with his trademark humor, resulting in a movie that appeals to fans of all types, including hardcore sci-fi nerds. Embraced as a parody for the ages, the film features a cast of comedic icons: John Candy, Rick Moranis, Joan Rivers, Dick Van Patten, Bill Pullman and more.

Mel Brooks

Director, producer, writer and actor Mel Brooks is one of an elite group of entertainers to earn all four major show-biz prizes: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. His big-screen classics include The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. For his film work, Brooks became the 41st recipient of the AFI’s prestigious Life Achievement Award.

Tickets to see Mel Brooks: The Schwartz Awakens – A Screening of Spaceballs go on sale Friday, March 9th at 10 AM, visit or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or the NJPAC Box Office.


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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., has the most diverse programming and audience of any performing arts center in the country, and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 8 million visitors (including over 1.6 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.

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