(Photo: Steve Schofield)
He is back! Tony and Emmy winner Billy Crystal will return to Broadway in new musical Mr. Saturday night as Buddy Young Jr., a role he played in the 1992 Columbia Pictures original film of the same name. Performances are scheduled to begin at the Nederlander Theater on March 1, 2022 before an opening night on March 31, 2022. As previously announced, the production had a musical presentation at the Barrington Stage Company in October.
“To create and play the 75-year-old comedian Buddy Young Jr. in the Mr. Saturday night was one of the highlights of my career – 30 years ago I needed 5 hours of makeup to play it, now I just introduced myself, “Crystal said in a statement.” It was a joy to collaborate once again with the brilliant and hilarious Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, my co-writers on the film, and to be joined by the wonderful crew of Jason Robert Brown, Amanda Green, Ellenore Scott and directed by John Rando. And there is nothing better than sharing a scene with Randy Graff, my old friend David Paymer and Chasten Harmon. Together we have created a really funny and moving musical. I can’t wait to come back to Broadway next year at the Nederlander Theater. “
The cast will also feature Tony winner Randy Graff as Elaine Young, with David Paymer reprising his Oscar nominated performance as Buddy Stan Yankelman’s brother and Chasten Harmon as Annie Wells. An additional cast must be announced.
The musical comedy book is written by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The sheet music includes music by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Amanda Green. Tony’s winner, John Rando, will direct with Ellenore Scott as choreographer.
Mr. Saturday night is 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 television career ended, Buddy is looking for another shot in the spotlight, and while he’s at it, one last shot to mend the family he fractured along the way. .
The creative production team includes stage design by Scott Pask, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, video and projection design by Jeff Sugg, sound design by Kai Harada with concept design hair and wig by Charles LaPointe. Musical direction is by David O with orchestrations and arrangements by Brown.