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Nederlander Theatre
208 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
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Billy Crystal returns to Broadway
in his very first musical comedy!

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.

Written by BILLY CRYSTAL, LOWELL GANZ & BABALOO MANDEL, based on an original concept by Billy Crystal, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT features music by three-time Tony winner JASON ROBERT BROWN, lyrics by Tony Award® nominee AMANDA GREEN, choreography by ELLENORE SCOTT (Funny Girl) and direction by Tony Award winner JOHN RANDO. This brand-new musical comedy about one comedian’s meteoric rise to the middle arrives on Broadway this spring.


CAST

Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

Billy Crystal

Buddy Young, Jr./Book
Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

Billy Crystal

(Buddy Young, Jr./Book)

is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director. He is known around the world as the star of such feature films as When Harry Met Sally…, City Slickers and Analyze This; as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”; and the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards®. Crystal has hosted the GRAMMY® Awards three times and earned five Emmys for his work as host, writer and producer on both shows. Billy won his sixth Emmy for the HBO Comedy Special “Midnight Train to Moscow.” Crystal was the 2007 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and is a NY Times best-selling author of five books. In 2004, Crystal made his Broadway debut with the original production of his one-man show 700 Sundays, for which he won a Tony Award. The Broadway production was released as an HBO special, garnering four Emmy nominations. Crystal’s latest work includes the friendship comedy Standing Up, Falling Down opposite Ben Schwartz, as well as Here Today which Crystal directed, produced, and stars in opposite Tiffany Haddish. He has been married to Janice for 51 years and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

Randy Graff

Elaine Young
Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

Randy Graff

(Elaine Young)

Broadway: City of Angels (Tony/ Drama Desk Award), A Class Act (Tony/Drama Desk nominations), Fiddler on the Roof (2004), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Moon Over Buffalo, Falsettos, High Society, Les Misérables (original Fantine). Off Broadway/Regional: The Babylon Line (Lortel Award), Motherhood Out Loud (Primary Stages), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard Theatre), and productions at Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, McCarter Theater, and The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Festival as the Countess in A Little Night Music. Ms. Graff has sung on several original Broadway cast recordings, and her own solo CD “Randy Graff Sings Cy Coleman.”

Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

David Paymer

Stan Yankelman
Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

David Paymer

(Stan Yankelman)

After a breakout performance as ‘Ira’ in City Slickers, David Paymer’s co-star Billy Crystal wrote him into Mr. Saturday Night, earning him an Oscar nod. He has worked with prolific directors such as Spielberg (Amistad), Redford (Quiz Show), Oliver Stone (Nixon), David Mamet (State & Main), Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Franchise), and Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell). Paymer has since notably starred in The American President, Get Shorty, Payback, The Hurricane, In Good Company, Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Paymer can currently be seen recurring on FX in Hulu’s “Dave” as Dave Burd’s father.

Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

Chasten Harmon

Annie Wells
Mr. Saturday Night | Cast and Creative

Chasten Harmon

(Annie Wells)

recurs on the CBS All Access series The Good Fight. She previously starred in the USA series Damnation and had recurring roles on ABC’s The Fix, NBC’s The Inbetween and CBS’s Elementary. In film, Chasten can be seen opposite Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. She will next be seen starring in the independent film The Mistress. Notable theatre credits include Hair on Broadway and the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables. Chasten received her BFA from NYU, MFA from the Yale School of Drama.


Creative

Book

Lowell Ganz

Lowell Ganz

(Book)

grew up in Queens and moved to Los Angeles to begin a career writing for television shows including “The Odd Couple,” “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” (which he co-created). After teaming up with Babaloo Mandel he began a screenwriting career. Their credits include Night Shift, Splash, Gung Ho, Spies Like Us, Parenthood, City Slickers, A League of Their Own, Mr. Saturday Night, Forget Paris, Multiplicity, Ed TV and Fever Pitch. In 2019, they received the Writer’s Guild Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting. Lowell also, along with Garry Marshall, wrote a play, Wrong Turn at Lungfish which was produced at Steppenwolf in Chicago and in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. He considers the opportunity to be part of the creative team that is bringing a new musical to Broadway a highlight of his career. Lowell lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jeanne. They have three children and five grandchildren, and he still roots for the Mets.

Book

Babaloo Mandel

Babaloo Mandel

(Book)

was born and raised in The Bronx, where his school grades disproved that all Jews were smart. At age 10 he was figuratively struck by lightning upon seeing the classic film Some Like It Hot. In 1972 he left New York for Hollywood to pursue his Some Like It Hot screenwriting dream. He soon landed his first writing job on the TV series “M*A*S*H.” He was immediately fired, and his office thoroughly fumigated. Several years later, after writing jokes for comics, great pity befell him by Lowell Ganz. He worked on several TV shows co-run by Mr. Ganz, until an opportunity came along to fulfill Babaloo’s screenwriting dream. Together they have written 20 films. Among them Splash, Parenthood, A League of Their Own and four films (City Slickers 1 and 2, Mr. Saturday Night and Forget Paris) for the luminescent Billy Crystal (in case he reads this). In 2019 they were recipients of the Writers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. In his personal life, Babaloo has been married for 46 years, because who else would marry him? Together he and his wife Denise, who he has known since she was 14, have six children and two grandchildren. As for Mr. Saturday Night, the Broadway-bound musical, this goes beyond a 10-year-old boy’s dream.

Music, Orchestrations & Arrangements

Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown

(Music, Orchestrations & Arrangements)

Jason’s musicals include Songs for a New World, Parade (Best Score Tony Award), The Last Five Years (also a feature film), 13 (being released on Netflix summer 2022), The Bridges of Madison County (Best Score and Best Orchestrations Tony Award), Honeymoon In Vegas. Jason’s albums as a singer-songwriter include Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes, How We React and How We Recover, Live in Concert with Anika Noni Rose and this year’s Coming From Inside The House with Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean. Upcoming: The Connector; Farewell My Concubine; concerts and Hadassah meetings. Mr. Saturday Night marks Jason’s first collaboration with any of these people and they all seem nice.

Lyrics

Amanda Green

Amanda Green

(Lyrics)

is a Tony Award-nominated lyricist/composer, writer and performer. She wrote the lyrics and co-composed Hands On A Hardbody (Tony, Outer Critics Circle and two Drama Desk Award nominations for Music & Lyrics, first woman composer to receive the Frederic Loewe Award for Outstanding Composition). In the same season she co-wrote lyrics for Bring It On (Tony-nominated for Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Lyrics); also Broadway: High Fidelity (Lyrics); Additional book and lyrics for Tony-nominated revival of Kiss Me, Kate; Additional lyrics for Tony-nominated revival of On The Twentieth Century. Off Broadway: Additional lyrics, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The New Group); For The Love Of Tiffany (Lyrics; NY Fringe Festival). TV: “Peter Pan Live,” “The Kennedy Center Honors.” She is currently writing the lyrics for Female Troubles, an original musical comedy she co-conceived, which she describes as ‘Jane Austen meets Bridesmaids but about Women’s Reproductive Freedoms.’ Amanda is the first woman President of The Dramatists Guild of America.


Based on the Castle Rock Entertainment motion picture "Mr. Saturday Night", written by Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel. By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Director

John Rando

John Rando

(Director)

won the 2002 Best Director Tony Award® and Outer Critics Circle Award for Urinetown the Musical. Other Broadway credits include: On the Town (Tony nomination for Best Revival and Best Direction), the Tony-nominated Best Musicals A Christmas Story, The Wedding Singer, Penn & Teller, A Thousand Clowns, Dance of the Vampires, Getting the Band Back Together and Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. Concert productions include The New Yorkers, High Button Shoes, It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman, Annie Get Your Gun, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Damn Yankees, Face the Music, Of Thee I Sing, The Pajama Game, Do Re Mi and Strike Up the Band (all for City Center Encores!). Off-Broadway credits include Jerry Springer the Opera (The New Group), David Ives’s The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company – 2014 SDCF Callaway Award for Direction) and David Ives’s All in the Timing (2013 Obie Award for Direction). Internationally, John’s work can be seen in China with two original musicals: Jay Chou’s The Secret and Spirit of Life – The Jonathan Lee Musical.

Choreographer

Ellenore Scott

Ellenore Scott

(Choreographer)

TBD

Scenic Design

Scott Pask

Scott Pask

(Scenic Design)

TBD

Costume Design

Paul Tazewell

Paul Tazewell

(Costume Design)

TBD

Lighting Design

Kenneth Posner

Kenneth Posner

(Lighting Design)

TBD

Sound Design

Kai Harada

Kai Harada

(Sound Design)

TBD

Video and Projection Design

Jeff Sugg

Jeff Sugg

(Video and Projection Design)

TBD

Hair and Wig Design

Charles LaPointe

Charles LaPointe

(Hair and Wig Design)

TBD

Music Director

David O

David O

(Music Director)

is best known as a Musical Director, both for new pieces of musical theatre as well as classics. He has musically directed the world premieres of Soft Power (Jeanine Tesori & David Henry Hwang), 13 (Jason Robert Brown), Breaking Through, Sleepless in Seattle the Musical, Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands and Toy Story the Musical, as well as the West Coast premieres of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, Little Fish and See What I Wanna See. He is the Music Supervisor & Arranger for the currently-in-progress Back Home Again (a new musical with songs from the catalogue of John Denver).