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Watch Now: Billy Crystal on Returning to Broadway in Mr. Saturday Night

Billy Crystal is coming back to Broadway this spring, recreating his film performance in the musical adaptation of Mr. Saturday Night. Crystal stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to talk about returning to the Broadway stage when the musical begins preview performances at the Nederlander Theatre this March.

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 TV career flamed out, Buddy seeks one more shot at the spotlight, and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way.

The show will also feature Tony Award winner Randy Graff (City of AngelsLes Misérables) as Elaine Young, David Paymer (City Slickers, Quiz Show, State & Main), who is recreating his Oscar-nominated performance as Buddy’s brother Stan Yankelman, and Chasten Harmon (The Good Fight, Elementary, Broadway’s Hair) as agent Annie Wells.

Mr. Crystal returns to the role of Buddy Young Jr. that he portrayed in the original 1992 Columbia Pictures film of the same name, which also marked his directorial debut. The book for the stage musical is written by Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel. The score for Mr. Saturday Night features music by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County) and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody). Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown, On The Town) will direct. The production will feature choreography by Ellenore Scott (associate choreographer, Head Over Heels).

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