Billy Crystal Heading Back to Broadway With ‘Mr. Saturday Night’11/14/2021
The ‘When Harry Met Sally’ actor is adapting his 1992 directorial debut for an upcoming stage musical in the Great White Way, marking his Broadway return since 2013’s ‘700 Sundays’.
AceShowbiz –Billy Crystal is returning to Broadway to star in a musical adaptation of his 1992 film “Mr. Saturday Night“.
The “When Harry Met Sally” star will play veteran comedian Buddy Young, Jr. in the production – a revamp of the film, with which Billy made his directorial debut.
“Creating and portraying the 75-year-old comedian Buddy Young Jr. in the film of Mr. Saturday Night was one of the highlights of my career,” Crystal said in a statement. “30 years ago I needed 5 hours of make-up to play him, now I just show up.”
“Mr. Saturday Night” will begin performances on 1 March (22) at the Nederlander Theatre, with an official opening night on 31 March.
Crystal will be joined onstage by Randy Graff and David Paymer, who will reprise his Oscar-nominated role as Buddy’s brother Stan Yankelman.
The musical will feature a score by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green, while Crystal will create the book with Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. John Rando will direct.
“It’s been a joy to collaborate once again with the brilliant and hilarious Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, my co-writers from the film, and to be joined by the wonderful team of Jason Robert Brown, Amanda Green, (choreographer) Ellenore Scott and John Rando,” Crystal adds. “And it doesn’t get any better than sharing a stage with Randy Graff, my old friend David Paymer, and Chasten Harmon.”
“Together we have created a truly funny and moving musical comedy. I can’t wait to come back to Broadway next year at the Nederlander Theatre.”
Crystal was last on Broadway for his Tony Award-winning solo show “700 Sundays” in 2013.
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