By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Billy Crystal will return to a Broadway stage next spring.

Crystal will star as Buddy Young Jr. in “Mr. Saturday Night.”

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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.

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“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.

Previews begin on March 1 and opening night will be held on March 31 at the Nederlander Theatre.

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