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Lowell Ganz

 
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Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel. Ganz grew up in Queens, New York. He dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career writing for sitcoms, starting with The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel. Ganz grew up in Queens, New York. He dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career writing for sitcoms, starting with The ... (read complete bio)

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Lowell Ganz Biography

Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel.

Ganz grew up in Queens, New York. He dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career writing for sitcoms, starting with The Odd Couple. From there, he moved on to writing for the TV series Happy Days and created two of its spin-off series, Laverne and Shirley and Joanie Loves Chachi.

In 1982, Ganz and Mandel teamed up with Happy Days actors Ron Howard - who wanted to start directing - and Henry Winkler - who wanted to move away from his image as the Fonz - to make their first film, a low-budget comedy called Night Shift, which was also actor Michael Keaton's first film. Ganz's second film outing, Splash, made stars of Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Ganz and Mandel went on to write several other films, four more of which were also directed by Howard, and one of which had Penny Marshall, who starred in Laverne and Shirley, as director. Four of their films have featured Billy Crystal, two have featured Tom Hanks, and two are about baseball. Ganz and Mandel are also widely used as Hollywood script doctors, known for their reliability and fast turnaround time.

Lowell Ganz Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
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Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Book of a Musical
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Lowell Ganz News

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Starring Billy Crystal to Stream on BroadwayHD Photo MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Starring Billy Crystal to Stream on BroadwayHD
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

BroadwayHD will debut the exclusive worldwide streaming release of Billy Crystal’s five-time Tony-Award nominated musical, Mr. Saturday Night: A New Musical Comedy, on their platform after the production concluded its Broadway run on September 4. The exact airing dates will be forthcoming.

VIDEO: Watch Billy Crystal's Final Curtain Call Speech at MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Photo VIDEO: Watch Billy Crystal's Final Curtain Call Speech at MR. SATURDAY NIGHT
by Team BWW - Sep 5, 2022

At the closing performance of MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on Broadway, Billy Crystal made an emotional (and, of course funny) curtain call speech - watch the video here!

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Plays Final Broadway Performance Today Photo MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Plays Final Broadway Performance Today
by Team BWW - Sep 4, 2022

It brought a lotta joy, and today, as BroadwayWorld previously reported, Mr. Satuday Night plays its final Broadway performance. The Tony-nominated musical comedy, starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Crystal, opened on Wednesday April 27th at the Nederlander Theater and has played 28 previews and 116 performances.

Photo/Video: First Look at Rosie O'Donnell & More in Prime Video's A LEAGUE OF THEIR  Photo Photo/Video: First Look at Rosie O'Donnell & More in Prime Video's A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Series
by Michael Major - Jul 26, 2022

Watch the official trailer for the highly anticipated series A League of Their Own. The series features Rosie O'Donnell, who starred in the original film as Doris Murphy, Robert Colindrez (Fun Home) as Lupe, Molly Ephraim (Into the Woods) as Maybelle, and Chanté Adams (Skeleton Crew) as Max. Plus, check out a first photo of O'Donnell in costume.

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Will Close On Broadway In September Photo MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Will Close On Broadway In September
by Grace Cutler - Jul 17, 2022

The Tony-nominated musical comedy, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Crystal, will play through its announced on-sale date and will conclude its Broadway run on September 4, 2022.

Album Review: MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Original Cast Album Is Classic Musical Comedy Well R Photo Album Review: MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Original Cast Album Is Classic Musical Comedy Well Recorded And Released
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 21, 2022

Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals has released a well-produced cast recording of the musical comedy that has audiences howling on 41st Street.

2022 Tony Awards Winners- Full List! Photo 2022 Tony Awards Winners- Full List!
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

The best of Broadway gathered on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the 75th Annual Tony Awards. We've got the complete list of winners for the Tony Awards!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered! Photo How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!
by Team BWW - Jun 11, 2022

The 75th Annual Tony Awards are back this year at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2021/22 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

VIDEO: Shoshana Bean Performs 'There's A Chance' from MR. SATURDAY NIGHT; Cast Record Photo VIDEO: Shoshana Bean Performs 'There's A Chance' from MR. SATURDAY NIGHT; Cast Recording Available Today!
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2022

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Mr. Saturday Night, starring Billy Crystal, is now available on streaming and digital platforms worldwide. In honor of the album release, a new music video featuring Tony Award nominee Shoshana Bean's performance of ‚ÄúThere's a Chance‚ÄĚ was also released, and we've got both!

COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List! Photo COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. See the full list here! This year’s Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant on June 14th. See who was honored from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

Lowell Ganz Videos

Photo/Video: First Look at Rosie O'Donnell & More in Prime Video's A LEAGUE OF THEIR  VideoPhoto/Video: First Look at Rosie O'Donnell & More in Prime Video's A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Series
by Michael Major - Jul 26, 2022

Watch the official trailer for the highly anticipated series A League of Their Own. The series features Rosie O'Donnell, who starred in the original film as Doris Murphy, Robert Colindrez (Fun Home) as Lupe, Molly Ephraim (Into the Woods) as Maybelle, and Chanté Adams (Skeleton Crew) as Max. Plus, check out a first photo of O'Donnell in costume.

VIDEO: Roberta Colindrez, Molly Ephraim & More Star in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Series T VideoVIDEO: Roberta Colindrez, Molly Ephraim & More Star in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Series Teaser
by Michael Major - Jun 7, 2022

A League of Their Own evokes the spirit of Penny Marshall's classic, while taking a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it. The series stars Roberta Colindrez (Fun Home), Molly Ephraim (Into the Woods), and more.

VIDEO: Billy Crystal Reveals Why He Prefers Broadway Opening Nights Over Film Premier VideoVIDEO: Billy Crystal Reveals Why He Prefers Broadway Opening Nights Over Film Premieres on LATE NIGHT
by Michael Major - May 24, 2022

Billy Crystal sat down with Seth Meyers to discuss how he had to sit through six hours of makeup every day before shooting the film version of Mr. Saturday Night, how the audiences have been receiving the show, and why he enjoys Broadway opening nights over film premieres.

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT to Release Original Broadway Cast Recording - Get a First Listen H VideoMR. SATURDAY NIGHT to Release Original Broadway Cast Recording - Get a First Listen Here!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

Craft Recordings / Concord Theatricals has announced that Mr. Saturday Night (Original Broadway Cast Recording), starring Billy Crystal, will be released on June 10 on streaming and digital platforms worldwide.

VIDEO: Billy Crystal Discusses Embracing His Age in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on THE VEIW VideoVIDEO: Billy Crystal Discusses Embracing His Age in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on THE VEIW
by Michael Major - May 16, 2022

Billy Crystal sat down on The View this morning to discuss his Tony-Nominated performance in Mr. Saturday Night on Broadway. Crystal also discussed the importance of his four grandchildren attending the production's opening night. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Watch Highlights of Billy Crystal and More in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights of Billy Crystal and More in MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 28, 2022

The new comedy musical, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT officially opened last night, Wednesday, April 27th and BroadwayWorld has your first look at the cast in action!

VIDEO: Billy Crystal Explains Why He Never Gave Up on His MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Characte VideoVIDEO: Billy Crystal Explains Why He Never Gave Up on His MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Character
by Stephi Wild - Apr 18, 2022

In a segment on CBS Sunday Morning that aired this weekend, Billy Crystal talked about his latest Broadway role in Mr. Saturday Night. Watch as correspondent Tracy Smith sits down with Crystal to discuss his career and the new show.

VIDEO: Watch Billy Crystal Give Curtain Speech at Final Dress Rehearsal for MR. SATUR VideoVIDEO: Watch Billy Crystal Give Curtain Speech at Final Dress Rehearsal for MR. SATURDAY NIGHT
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2022

The new comedy musical, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, starring stage and screen legend Billy Crystal, begins previews on Broadway on tonight, March 29th and will officially open on Wednesday, April 27th. 'It's been this unbelievable journey... and just to think that I have to do this seven times a week! What the hell was I thinking?!' joked Crystal in a speech given at the show's final dress rehearsal. Watch the full video below!

VIDEO: Billy Crystal Talks MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on the TONIGHT SHOW VideoVIDEO: Billy Crystal Talks MR. SATURDAY NIGHT on the TONIGHT SHOW
by Michael Major - Mar 18, 2022

Billy Crystal sat down with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show last night to discuss his return to Broadway in the new musical adaption of Mr. Saturday Night. Crystal also discussed turning down a role in The Producers, acting in his college production of Finian's Rainbow, and more. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Billy Crystal Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Critics Choice Awards VideoVIDEO: Billy Crystal Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Critics Choice Awards
by Michael Major - Mar 14, 2022

Ahead of his Broadway return in Mr. Saturday Night, Billy Crystal accepted the Lfetime Achievement Award at last night's Critics Choice Awards. Mr. Crystal returns to the role of Buddy Young Jr., which he portrayed in the original 1992 Columbia Pictures film of the same name, now starring alongside Shoshana Beane, Randy Graff, and more.


Lowell Ganz Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Lowell Ganz written?
Lowell Ganz has written 1 shows including Wrong Turn at Lungfish (Playwright).

What awards has Lowell Ganz been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Mr. Saturday Night Outstanding Book of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Mr. Saturday Night and Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Mr. Saturday Night .