Billy Crystal has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mr. Saturday Night confirmed the case alongside an announcement that all May 28 performances have been cancelled. Affected ticket holders will be given the option to either exchange or be refunded at the point of purchase.
The production released the following statement: "Today's performances at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM are cancelled. Billy Crystal tested positive for COVID-19 prior to today's performance of Mr. Saturday Night despite strict adherence to health and safety protocols. A second test has confirmed this diagnosis. Performances resume with Billy Crystal Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 PM.
"Note: May 29 - June 6 was a planned hiatus due to a previous commitment Billy Crystal had scheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes ticket holders. All tickets for today's performances will be exchanged or refunded at the original point of purchase. Please check MrSaturdayNightOnBroadway.com for updated information."
Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Mr. Saturday Night reunites Crystal with co-writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and features both Crystal and David Paymer reprising their screen roles. The story follows an aging Borscht Belt comedian looking to revive his career and repair his familial relationships.
Mr. Saturday Night also stars Tony winner Randy Graff (City of Angels, Les Misérables) as Buddy’s wife, Elaine Young; Chasten Harmon as his agent, Annie Wells; and 2022 Tony nominee Shoshana Bean as Buddy's daughter, Susan. Rounding out the ensemble are Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales, and Mylinda Hull.
Along with Crystal, Ganz, and Mandel's book, the project features a score by composer Jason Robert Brown and lyricist Amanda Green. Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, On the Town) directs with music direction by David O and choreography by Ellenore Scott.
The production 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.