The Broadway run of Mr. Saturday Night is coming to an end.
On September 4, the stage production with Billy Crystal as a co-writer and star will come to a end at the Nederlander Theatre. The performance first debuted on March 31 following a brief run at the Barrington Stage in October 2021.
Billy Crystal stated in a statement on Sunday, “Bringing Mr. Saturday Night to the Broadway stage and experiencing the laughter and tears this play causes has certainly been one of the high points of my career. “It has been a joyous experience to make my musical comedy debut at the age of 74, and I thank everyone involved.”
Crystal continued by thanking his co-authors Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, director John Rando, writers Amanda Green and Jason Robert Brown, music director David O, vocal coach David Stroud, choreographer Ellenore Scott, and Scott Pask as well as the “entire design team” of the production. He continues by expressing gratitude to the band and crew, “the fantastic cast,” and his co-producer Jimmy Nederlander.
“The character Buddy Young Jr. has been part of my life for many decades and I’m honoured that I was able to share him with the audiences at the Nederlander Theatre,” Crystal said.
The programme is based on the Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, in which the renowned actor Billy Crystal not only played the major part but also made his directing debut.
The actor has already begun pre-production on the AppleTV+ series Before, meaning Crystal already has a post-Broadway gig secured. Along with Academy Award-winning writer Eric Roth and Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson, the comedian, actor, and writer will both star in and executive produce the programme.
Tony and Emmy winner Crystal made his Broadway comeback with Mr. Saturday Night. He previously made an appearance in the 2004 solo performance 700 Sundays and its 2013 comeback run.
The stage show is the most recent from the epidemic season of 2021–2022 to announce that it will be ending in the fall. Others include Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and Come From Away.