Billy Crystal, 73, announces he will star in a Broadway adaptation of his 1992 film Mr Saturday Night about a comedian’s downward spiral: “I love this guy”
Hollywood icon Billy Crystal will look back 30 years to 2022.
The versatile actor is set to star in a Broadway musical version of his hit 1992 film Mr Saturday Night, he told The New York Times on Wednesday.
The story is a ragged drama about comedian Buddy Young Jr who finds success in his youth but crumbles in his later years as his fame wanes.
Ready to revisit the past: Hollywood icon Billy Crystal will turn back 30 years in 2022. Seen in 2019
Back for more: The versatile actor will star in a Broadway musical version of his 1992 hit film Mr Saturday Night, he told The New York Times on Wednesday. Seen with David Paymer and Julie Warner
Billy, 73, first created the character of Buddy for the late night show Saturday Night Live.
And he told The Times it had been one of his favorite parts in his 50-year career.
“I love this guy,” said Crystal, best known for her 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally … starring Meg Ryan.
“And there was more to say with this character; there was more to do.
And the Oscar host added that he’s taking on such a massive production at 73 because he enjoys working: “I’ve always tried to challenge myself and keep growing, stretching.”
From His Heart: The ’90s film was a passionate project of Billy as he not only starred in it, but also co-wrote and directed the drama.
The ’90s film was a passionate project for Billy as he not only starred in it, but also co-wrote and directed the drama.
Crystal told The Times that her friend Mel Brooks from Blazing Saddles suggested to her in 2005 that she turn the Mr Saturday Night story into a staging.
Bill looked into it, but it took many years to develop.
Now the show is set to roll with Billy in the lead role and David Paymer – who was also in the movie – as Young’s younger brother, Stan.
Also in the cast, Randy Graff as Young’s wife and Chasten Harmon as agent.
Music will be by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green.
His biggest hit: He is best known for When Harry Met Sally in 1989 … with Meg Ryan
John Rando will direct, while Ellenore Scott will choreograph the show, according to the Times.
The show opens on March 31, 2022 at the Nederlander Theater.
Billy has already taken the stage with his solo show, 700 Sundays. The series debuted in 2004, then returned in 2013.
Her next film is the animated What Witch?
Billy has been married to his wife Janice Crystal since 1970 and together they have two daughters: Lindsay and Jennifer.
Happy Married: Billy has been married to his wife Janice Crystal since 1970 and together they have two daughters: Lindsay and Jennifer. Seen in 2019