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He returns to the role he first played in the 1992 movie.
“There’s something about this guy and that world that I love,” Crystal told The Associated Press. “I think that we’ve brought this story and this character to a better place than I could have imagined even.”
Crystal has written the stage adaptation with his film’s co-writers — Lowell Ganz and Marc “Babaloo” Mandel — and married it to music by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green. John Rando will direct.READ MORE: Broadway Community, Fans Gather In Times Square To Pay Tribute To Stephen Sondheim
“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 will star opposite Tony Award-winner Randy Graff, Chasten Harmon and David Paymer, who will recreate his Oscar-nominated performance as Buddy’s brother, Stan Yankelman.
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