The world of comedy came out in full force to show their support for Billy Crystal’s new Broadway play, Mr. Saturday Night.Tina Fey, Steve Martin, and Martin Short were among the big names attending opening night at the Nederlander Theatre on Tuesday.
Mr. Saturday Night is a musical adaptation of Billy’s 1992 film of the same name, a riches-to-rag drama about comedian Buddy Young Jr who finds success in his youth but spirals down in his later years as he sees his fame dwindle.
Tina, Steve, and Martin shared the spotlight as they struck poses on the red carpet, where the iconic Father Of The Bride duo joked around for the cameras. Tina appeared amused as she stood to the side watching Steve gesture towards Martin with an angry expression on his face.
Martin flashed an enthusiastically silly smile as Steve pointed his finger towards him.When Tina wasn’t striking poses with Steve and Martin, she was sharing the spotlight with her husband Jeff Richmond.
Suits them! The comedy legends and Tina’s husband Jeff Richmond were all suited up for the big night Tina kept it smart in a black suit, which included a button down, baggy trousers, and lace-up boots.Her husband sported a classic black suit and striped tie.
Jimmy Fallon also showed his support for Mr. Saturday Night Live.The late night show took a break from making viewers laugh to catch the new Broadway play. Having a ball! Fey and Martin beamed towards the camera.
Alex Borstein struck a silly pose at the theatre alongside Bryan Cranston.The comedienne wowed in a flashy pink coat and suede platform heels.At curtain call, Billy appeared emotional as he stood on stage with a bouquet of roses in his arms.
Mr. Saturday Night is based on the film penned by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. David Paymer, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as Young’s brother Stan Yankelman, reprises his role for the Broadway show.
‘Thirty years later Mr. Paymer and I don’t need the make-up,’ he joked after the show’s final dress rehearsal last month, according to Deadline. Crystal in November opened up to the AP about adapting the story from film to a musical.
‘What the music has done to elevate the story and to propel the story and bring out dynamics in the characters is quite amazing to me,’ Crystal said. ‘It’s something I couldn’t be more excited about, honestly.’
He added: ‘There’s something about this guy and that world that I love. I think that we’ve brought this story and this character to a better place than I could have imagined even.’
According to a synopsis from producers, the musical is the story of ‘an outrageous and outspoken comedian who found fame in the early days of television! Now, some 40 years after he hit the top, Buddy will take one last shot at reclaiming the spotlight – and his family – one hilarious step at a time.’