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Superstar Billy Crystal will return to Broadway in “Mr. Saturday Night,” a new musical comedy about one comedian’s meteoric rise to the middle, which will begin an open-ended run at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on March 1, 2022. The show will be directed by John Rando.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, then musical tells the story of Buddy Young Jr., an outrageous and outspoken comedian who found fame, if not fortune, in the early days of television. Now, some 40 years after his TV career flamed out, Buddy seeks one more shot at the spotlight, and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way.
The production also features Randy Graff as Elaine Young; David Paymer as Buddy’s brother Stan Yankelman; and Chasten Harmon as agent Annie Wells. The book is written by Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The score features music by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green. The production will feature choreography by Ellenore Scott.
Crystal autobiographical solo show “700 Sundays,” which had to successful runs on Broadway, earned him both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. His numerous film and television credits include “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Soap”