Shoshana Bean will co-star along with the previously announced Billy Crystal, Randy Graff, David Paymer, and Chasten Harmon in the upcoming Broadway musical Mr. Saturday Night, based on Crystal's 1992 film. Bean, last seen on Broadway in Waitress, will play Susan Young in the musical featuring a score by Jason Robert Brown and Amanda Green, and a book by Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel.
The production has also been slightly postponed, now scheduled to begin previews at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre March 29 ahead of an April 27 opening night. The musical was originally announced to enter previews March 1 and open March 31.
Also joining the cast are Jordan Gelber (Sunday in the Park with George), Brian Gonzales (Aladdin), and Mylinda Hull (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity).
In Mr. Saturday Night, Crystal returns to the role of stand-up comic Buddy Young Jr., whom he played in the 1992 Columbia Pictures 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 project reunites Crystal with the film’s original co-authors, Ganz and 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 staging, produced by Nederlander Presentations with special arrangement from Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, also features sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Paula Tazewell and Sky Switser, lighting 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.