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See Billy Crystal Live in ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ on Broadway

You’ve laughed at him on Saturday Night Live. You’ll never forget him as Meg Ryan’s friend turned lover in the classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally…. You’ve heard his voice Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. and the new Disney+ show Monsters At Work. You delighted in his long-awaited return to filmmaking as director and star of the 2021 feature film Here Today.

Billy Crystal at an awards show in the early 2000’s / Mr. Saturday Night Broadway
Billy Crystal at an awards show in the early 2000’s / Hollywood.com Staff Photo Archives

It’s no question that Billy Crystal is one of Hollywood’s greatest comedians. Now, you have a chance to see him live on Broadway.

Here’s everything you need to know about Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night, a stage adaptation of the movie that’s playing on the Great White Way.

Mr. Saturday Night is a wild musical comedy

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Based on Billy’s 1992 film of the same name, Mr. Saturday Night follows Buddy Young Jr., a comedian who found fame in the early days of television. Forty years after his peak in Hollywood, Buddy is taking “one last shot” to find fame, fix his family, and force his way into the spotlight.

Billy Crystal wrote the musical with Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, with music by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Tony Award nominee Amanda Green, choreography by Ellenore Scott (the choreographer behind Funny Girl), and direction by Tony Award winner John Rando.

Mr. Saturday Night is now in previews at the Nederlander Theatre. The show officially opens on April 27, 2022.

Back in 1992, Billy Crystal was 43 playing 73-year-old Buddy Young Jr. in the film. Now at 73, he’s playing 73-year-old Buddy in 7 live shows a week.

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“I’m going to be the best I can be,” Billy said in a November 2021 conversation with The New York Times. “I’ve always tried to challenge myself and keep growing, keep stretching,” he said.

The debut of Mr. Saturday Night is long-awaited after delays due to the pandemic, but Billy is ready to perform live.

“I’ve spent so much of my life in front of an audience,” he said. “The great feeling to hear laughs, live, in a theater, even through masks, was intoxicating to all of us, and it gave us so much joy and so much hope.”

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