Billy Crystal has had a long career on stage and screen, and while he is currently best known for bringing his vocal talents to a whole new generation of viewers like Mike Wazowski at Disney’s Monsters inc. franchise, the comedian returns to Broadway to revisit one of his old movie roles: Mr. saturday night. The new musical will begin running at the Nederlander Theater in the spring, and will see Crystal return to the character she played in her directorial debut in 1992, who turns out to be an aging comedian looking to make a big comeback, something Crystal was quick to do. joke on your statement.
“Creating and portraying 75-year-old comedian Buddy Young Jr. in the movie Mr. saturday night it was one of the highlights of my career “, Billy Crystal said. “30 years ago I needed five hours of makeup to interpret it, now I just appear.”
He continued, “It has been a pleasure to once again collaborate with the bright and funny Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, my co-writers on the film, and to be joined by the wonderful team of Jason Robert Brown, Amanda Green, Ellenore Scott and directed by John Rando. And there is nothing better than sharing the 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 Theater. “.
The musical will star Randy Graff as Elaine Young, David Paymer reprising his Academy Award-nominated role from Stan Yankelman, and Chasten Harmon as Annie Wells, who gives Buddy his shot at redemption. More casting is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The show will feature a sheet music by Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Amanda Green and a book by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Crystal himself.
The official synopsis for the musical, which is in line with the film, reads: “Mr. saturday night tells the story of Buddy Young Jr., a scandalous and outspoken comedian who found fame, if not fortune, in the early days of television. Now, some 40 years after his television career exploded, Buddy is looking for one more chance to be the center of attention, and while he’s at it, one last chance to fix the family that was broken along the way. “
Billy Crystal became a known face in the 70s and 80s as the frequent host of Saturday night live and appeared in numerous films of the following decades as The princess Bride, When harry met sally, City slickers and Analyze this. In addition to his more adult comedy roles, he became hugely successful as the voice of Cyclopean Mike Wazowski in Monsters inc. and its sequels, and returned to give voice to the character again in the Disney + series Monsters at work. He last appeared on stage at the 700 Sundays, which he wrote and produced based on his autobiography.
Mr. saturday night The previews will begin on March 1, 2022, and its official premiere will take place on March 31. Tickets will be on sale to the general public from November 22. This comes to us from Deadline.