Billy Crystal returns to Broadway in the musical ‘Mr. Saturday night’

Billy Crystal and Randy Graff will star in the musical adaptation. (Photos: Steve Schofield, courtesy of Polk & Co)

Billy Crystal will be back on Broadway this spring in a musical adaptation of “Mr. Saturday Night.”

Crystal will play comedian Buddy Young Jr., the role he played in the 1992 Columbia Pictures film. The Broadway cast will include Randy Graff, David Paymer and Chasten Harmon.

The musical will play at the Nederlander Theater from March 1, 2022, before an opening night on March 31.

“Mister. Saturday Night” features a score by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green. Crystal wrote the book for the musical, alongside Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, all of the film’s writers.

The production moved to Broadway after a performance of nine presentation at Barrington Stage in October. James L. Nederlander and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. produce.

Crystal returns to Broadway after performing in her solo show “700 Sundays”. The production, written by Crystal, premiered on Broadway in 2004 and had a return engagement in 2013.

“Mister. Saturday Night” centers on Young, an outspoken comedian who was famous in his youth. Forty years later, Young attempts fame again, as well as reconciliation with his family.

“To create and play the 75-year-old comedian Buddy Young Jr. in the movie ‘Mr. Saturday Night ‘has been one of the highlights of my career – 30 years ago I needed 5 hours of makeup to play it, now I just showed up, “Crystal said in the press release. .

Paymer will reprise the role of Stan Yankelman, whom he played in the film. Graff has appeared on Broadway in “City of Angels”, “A Class Act” and more. Harmon has previously appeared on Broadway in “Hair”. The additional cast will be announced at a later date.

John Rando, director of “Urinetown”, directs the new musical. Ellenore Scott, who previously worked as an associate choreographer on “Head Over Heels”, is the choreographer.

Production includes stage design by Scott Pask, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, video and screening design by Jeff Sugg, sound design by Kai Harada, and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe.