Billy Crystal Debuts Hilarious Musical Comedy in Berkshire County
Longtime funnyman and host Billy Crystal is going to be reprising a classic role in The Berkshires next month.
Barrington Stage announced that the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor and comedian will reprise the role of Mr. Saturday Night in a limited developmental run of the comedic musical adaptation of the movie by the same name.
Crystal starred and directed the 1992 film. The story centers around Buddy Young Jr. and chronicles the rise and fall of the fictional comedian. The original film marked Crystal's directorial debut. In addition, Crystal wrote the screenplay with Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel writing parters for 30 years who collaborated on films such as Splash, Parenthood, and City Slickers. Crystal, Ganz, and Mandel have written the book for the new musical.
The production, scheduled to run Oct. 22 and Oct. 24, and Oct. 26 to Oct. 30 was specially arranged between Barrington Stage Company and Warner Bros. Theatre Venture and is described in the Hollywood Reporter as having "minimal set and costume pieces".
The presentation will also star Tony Award winner Randy Graff (Tony Award winner for Broadway’s City of Angels, original Fantine in Les Misérables on Broadway) as Buddy’s wife, Elaine Young; David Paymer (City Slickers, Quiz Show, State & Main) returning to his film role of Stan Yankelman, Buddy’s brother, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor; and Chasten Harmon (Broadway’s Hair, “The Good Fight”) as his agent, Annie Wells. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are available on the Barrington Stages website.
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