Mr. Saturday Night on Broadway

Mr. Saturday Night on Broadway

New York, NY
Billy Crystal is back on Broadway. This is not a drill.
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About Mr. Saturday Night on Broadway

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT is the story of Buddy Young, Jr., an outrageous and outspoken comedian who found fame in the early days of television! Now, some 40 years after he hit the top, Buddy will take one last shot at finding fame, fixing his family, and forcing his way into the spotlight – one hilarious step at a time. MR. SATURDAY NIGHT is the brand new musical comedy about being a funny man, a family man, and getting a second chance at both.

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.

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Live from New York, it’s Mr. Saturday Night! In this new musical comedy, Billy Crystal reprises his starring role from the 1992 film of the same name. Mr. Saturday Night tickets will be available soon. Set an alert to find out when Mr. Saturday Night Broadway tickets are on TodayTix.

Like the movie, the Mr. Saturday Night musical centers around the comedian Buddy Young Jr., who reflects on his career in a series of flashbacks. He got his big break on his own Saturday night TV show and couldn’t have done it without his brother, Stan, who also acted as Buddy’s manager. While Buddy was enjoying the peak of his fame, he went against his brother’s advice and did an offensive bit on The Ed Sullivan Show, costing him his career. He soon estranged Stan and even his own wife and daughter out of self-loathing.

But when a fresh young agent discovers Buddy, now 73, and lands him a film role, Buddy gets one more chance to prove to himself he can succeed and fix his career and his relationships. That is, if his ego and self-destructive impulses don’t get in the way again.

Billy Crystal made his directorial debut with the Mr. Saturday Night movie, but he’s now handed off the directorial reins to John Rando. Three-time Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and lyricist Amanda Green provide new music and lyrics to go with the original screenwriters’ adaptation of their film script, and Ellenore Scott choreographs.

Have a great night at the theatre any day of the week with Mr. Saturday Night. Check back for information on tickets to Mr. Saturday Night in New York on TodayTix.

What to Watch For

  • Much of the Mr. Saturday Night movie’s team is back for the musical! Besides Billy Crystal as Buddy Young Jr., David Paymer reprises his Oscar-nominated role as Stan Young, Buddy’s brother. The original screenwriting team — Crystal, Babaloo Mandel, and Lowell Ganz — collaborated once more to write the musical’s book.
  • Mr. Saturday Night marks Crystal’s first time doing a musical comedy, but this isn’t his Broadway debut. He performed a solo show based on his memoir 700 Days twice on Broadway, in 2004 and 2013. The 2004 run won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event.
  • In some ways, Crystal’s better for the role of Buddy than ever now. Rather than being a 44-year-old playing a 73-year-old, he is 73 and doesn’t “need the five hours of makeup,” Crystal told CBS News. In that interview, he also said the role comes easier because, “I don't have to assume a physicality about him. I just have it now."
  • In the movie, there’s a scene with cameos by a bunch of famous comedians — Jerry Lewis, Carl Ballantine, Slappy White, and Jackie Gayle. Who knows if the Broadway production will do the same? Imagine seeing an SNL star make a surprise appearance onstage!
  • A month after the Mr. Saturday Night musical was announced, a new documentary called Mr. Saturday Night started streaming on HBO. But don’t be fooled — that film isn’t related to the 1992 film or the Broadway musical! The HBO movie is about the music impresario behind Saturday Night Fever.
Start date

March 29th, 2022


Musical, Broadway


Nederlander Theatre


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