The original Broadway cast recording of the new musical Mr. Saturday Night releases June 10 from Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals. The album, available on all digital and streaming platforms, features a Tony-nominated score by composer Jason Robert Brown and lyricist Amanda Green. Check out the preview video above of Tony nominee Shoshana Bean performing "There's a Chance."
Based on the 1992 film directed, starring, and co-written by Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night follows Borscht Belt comedian Buddy Young Jr., looking to revive his career and repair his familial relationships. Crystal headlines the musical, with a cast including Tony winner Randy Graff (City of Angels, Les Misérables) as Buddy’s wife, Elaine Young; Bean as his daughter, Susan; Oscar nominee David Paymer returning to his film role of Stan Yankelman, Buddy’s brother; and Chasten Harmon as his agent, Annie Wells. Rounding out the ensemble are Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales, and Mylinda Hull.
The project reunites Crystal with the film’s original co-authors, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, who have adapted their original screenplay with Crystal. Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, On the Town) directs with music direction by David O and choreography by Ellenore Scott.
The production, currently running at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, received five 2022 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Book (Crystal, Ganz, and Mandel), Score (Brown and Green), Leading Actor in a Musical (Crystal), and Featured Actress in a Musical (Bean). See the full list of nominees here.
Mr. Saturday Night 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.
The album is produced by Jeffrey Lesser and Brown, co-produced by Sean Patrick Flahaven, and associate produced by Green.