Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Crystal will return to Broadway in the new musical comedy Mr. Saturday Night as Buddy Young Jr. ! He played the role in the 1992 Columbia Pictures film of the same name. Before the opening night on March 31, 2022, the performance will begin at the Nederlander Theater on March 1, 2022.

Billy Crystal returns as Mr. Saturday Night

As previously announced, the play performed a musical performance at Barrington Stage Company in October.

“Creating and portraying the 75-year-old comedian Buddy Young Jr. in Mr. Saturday Night’s movie is one of the highlights of my career. 30 years ago I needed 5 hours of makeup to play him, and now I just show up. “Crystal said in a statement.

“It’s great to work with the talented and humorous Lowell Ganz and Babalu Mandel (my film co-authors) again. There is nothing better than performing on stage with Randy Graff, my old friends David Paymer, and Chasten Harmon. Together, we created a truly interesting one And a moving musical comedy. I can’t wait to return to Broadway in Dutch Theater next year.”

Cast and creative

The cast will also feature Tony Award winner Randy Graff as Elaine Young, David Palmer as Buddy’s brother Stan Yankelman, and Chadstone Harmon as Anne Wells. Perform his Oscar-nominated performance. Additional cast will be announced.


The stage musical book was written by Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel. The score consists of the music of Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and the lyrics of Tony nominee Amanda Green. Tony Award winner John Lando will direct and Eleanor Scott will be the choreographer.


“Mr. Saturday Night,” tells the story of Buddy Young Jr., a shameless and outspoken comedian who became famous in the early days of television. Now, about 40 years after his television career went out of business, Buddy once again sought opportunities under the spotlight. And when he was under the spotlight, made the last attempt to repair his family that was broken in the process.

The creative team produced includes scene 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, and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe. The music director was David O, and the choreography was Brown.

Mr. Saturday Night, the 1992 movie

In addition to starring in Buddy, Crystal also co-produced, co-written, and directed his debut in the “Mr. Saturday Night” movie. The original screenwriters—Crystal, Lowell Gantz, and Babalu Mandel—have reunited to write the musical’s book, and Tony Award winner John Lando will be the director. The musical also includes music, orchestral, and arrangement by three-time Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Tony Award nominee Amanda Green, and choreography by Eleanor Scott.


Credits featured image: Gage Skidmore, Flickr

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