Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Broadway's Mr. Saturday Night, Starring Billy Crystal? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Broadway's Mr. Saturday Night, Starring Billy Crystal?

The new musical adaptation, based on the 1992 film, opened April 27 at the Nederlander Theatre.

The reviews are in for the musical adaptation of Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night, featuring a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and Tony nominee Amanda Green. The show officially opened April 27 at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, following a previews period that began March 29.

Crystal returns to the character of stand-up comedian Buddy Young, Jr., a role he portrayed in the 1992 film of the same name. Crystal co-wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy about a borscht-belt comedian whose abrasive ego eclipses his success and alienates his family.

The musical also stars Tony winner Randy Graff, Oscar nominee David PaymerChasten Harmon, and Shoshana Bean. Rounding out the ensemble are Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales, and Mylinda Hull.

Read the reviews below. 

AMNY (Matt Windman)

CitiTour (Brian Scott Lipton)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Did They Like It? (Bedatri D.Choudhury)

Entertainment Weekly (Andrea Towers)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinki) 

New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Time Out (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Frank Rizzo)

Washington Post (Peter Marks)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Playbill will continue to update this story as reviews come in. 

The project reunites Crystal with the film’s original co-authors, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, who have adapted their original screenplay. Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, On the Town) directs, with music direction by David O and choreography by Ellenore Scott.

The production features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Paul Tazewell and Sky Switser, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, video and projection design by Jeff Sugg, sound design by Kai Harada, and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe. The production stage manager is Tripp Phillips. Orchestrations and arrangements are by Brown.


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