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LI's Billy Crystal bringing 'Mr. Saturday Night' to Broadway

"Mr. Saturday Night," starring Billy Crystal, will begin

"Mr. Saturday Night," starring Billy Crystal, will begin previews March 1 and open on March 31. Credit: Invision / AP / Richard Shotwell

Another day is about to dawn on Broadway for Billy Crystal.

The Long Beach native, who last graced the Great White Way seven years ago in a revival of his 2004 one-man show "700 Sundays," will star in the new musical "Mr. Saturday Night" in the spring. The show, which is based on Crystal's 1992 movie of the same name, will begin previews at the Nederlander Theatre on March 1 and open on March 31. News of the Broadway move comes after a trial run last month at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Crystal, who also wrote the book for the musical with Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, will reprise his screen role as Buddy Young, a once-famous stand-up comic in his 70s who has fallen on hard times both professionally and personally.

"Creating and portraying the 75-year-old comedian Buddy Young Jr. in the film of 'Mr. Saturday Night' was one of the highlights of my career — 30 years ago I needed five hours of makeup to play him, now I just show up," said Crystal, 73, in a statement.

Oceanside native David Paymer will also recreate his Oscar-nominated role as Buddy's brother and manager. Rounding out the cast are Randy Graff as Buddy's wife and Chasten Harmon as his agent.

Penning the songs are Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown ("Parade," "The Bridges of Madison County") and lyricist Amanda Green ("Hands on a Hardbody"). John Rando, who won a Tony for "Urinetown," will direct.

Tickets for "Mr. Saturday Night" will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Nov. 22 at ticketmaster.com.

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