700 Sundays: Billy Crystal returning to Broadway
Billy Crystal will return to Broadway this fall for a 9-week-only limited engagement of his play 700 Sundays. This will mark the final engagement of this production. The show will open at the Imperial Theatre on 13 Nov 2013, following previews from 05 Nov 2013, and close on 05 Jan 2014.
700 Sundays is performed and written by Billy Crystal with additional content by Alan Zweibel and direction by Des McAnuff.
Billy Crystal said,
700 Sundays has, without question, been the most satisfying experience of my career. When we originally opened on Broadway, all I knew was that I had a story that I was compelled to share. Now that I've performed my play across the country and internationally, I'm gratified to know that the love of family, through joy and pain, is perhaps the most universal story. I've now decided to tell this story one last time in my own backyard, where it all took place. It is a privilege to return to Broadway to say goodbye to one of the greatest thrills of my life.700 Sundays, an autobiographical journey, is an original two-act play in which Crystal plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. It deals with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. It is about family and fate, loving and loss.
The play is produced by Janice Crystal, Larry Magid and Face Productions, and features scenic design by David F. Weiner, lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert, projection design by Michael Clark and sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy.
Multiple Emmy Award winning comedian and actor Billy Crystal is known for his Golden Globe nominated film roles in "When Harry Met Sally..." and "City Slickers," "The Princess Bride" and "Analyze This"; his 2005 Tony-winning Broadway show, 700 Sundays; as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live"; and as the host, multiple times, of the Academy Awards.
The Broadway debut of 700 Sundays played at the 12 Nov 2004 through to 12 Jun 2005. The show won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience and both the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Following the Broadway production, Crystal played sold-out limited engagements of 700 Sundays in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Crystal then took 700 Sundays to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, where both engagements sold out upon announcement and won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Special Event.
In 2009, Crystal brought the show back to the United States with engagements in six major cities: Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Dallas; Palm Beach; Miami; and Atlanta. This fall's Broadway engagement will mark the show's first return to New York since its Broadway debut.
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