Monday, May 20, 2024

Broadway Surprise: Billy Crystal’s “Mr Saturday Night” Will Close at End of Summer


This has been a rough season on Broadway.

Now, among the many shows closing is Billy Crystal’s wonderful “Mr. Saturday Night.” The final performance will come on Labor Day weekend.

“Mr. Saturday Night” had a lot of Tony nominations but no wins. Without the Tony imprimatur, the musical based on Crystal’s 1994 movie fell apart at the box office. Two weeks ago ticket sales were only at 61% of capacity. When last week’s numbers are published tomorrow, it could be lower.

In just three weeks, total box office has fallen by $300,000 to just $542,696. In its short run, “Mr. Saturday Night” never rose above $848K.

Besides attendance, the other issue with “Mr. Saturday Night” is that it’s dependent on Crystal being there for 8 shows a week. He’s 74, and has had COVID at least once. If he misses a show, the whole production has to shut down. No one comes to see an understudy. And Billy may have just said, That’s enough.

“Mr. Saturday Night” still has 7 weeks left. Please go see it, it’s so much fun and Billy and David Paymer and the whole cast are terrific. We’ll be sad to see them go.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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