Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Crystal stars in a presentation of a new musical in development, Mr. Saturday Night, on the Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union Street) for nine performances only, October 22–24 and October 26–30.
A new musical comedy, Mr. Saturday Night is about one man’s meteoric rise to the middle. The musical is a work in development and will be presented with minimal set and costume pieces.
Mr. Crystal returns to the role of stand-up comedian ‘Buddy Young Jr.’ that he played in the original 1992 Columbia Pictures film of the same name, which also marked his directorial debut. He co-wrote the screenplay with Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel who have been writing together for over 40 years on such films as Splash, Parenthood and City Slickers. Crystal, Ganz and Mandel have written the book for the new musical.
Based on the Castle Rock Entertainment motion picture, Mr. Saturday Night, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and based on a concept by Billy Crystal. By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.
The score for Mr. Saturday Night features music by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Broadway’s Parade, The Bridges of Madison County) and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Amanda Green (Broadway’s Hands on a Hard Body). Tony Award winner John Rando (Broadway’s Urinetown; Broadway and BSC: On the Town; BSC: The Pirates of Penzance) will direct. David O will serve as Music Director.
The presentation will also star Tony Award winner Randy Graff (Tony Award winner for Broadway’s City of Angels, original Fantine in Les Misérables on Broadway) as Buddy’s wife, Elaine Young; David Paymer (City Slickers, Quiz Show, State & Main) returning to his film role of Stan Yankelman, Buddy’s brother, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor; and Chasten Harmon (Broadway’s Hair, “The Good Fight”) as his agent, Annie Wells.