As tour and tribute to the influences that have shaped his career, Billy Crystal pays homage with Jazz Age Manhattan as his backdrop in his new Broadway show, 700 Sundays. "I am thrilled to come home and bring this story of my family to Broadway. As an artist, I've never felt as complete as I have developing and performing this show. This is not a history of my career, it is about periods of my life and people in my life that helped make me a man" he says.
Directed by Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy), 700 Sundays opened December 5th at the Broadhurst Theater to rave reviews and is an extension of an artist repertoire whose career high water marks include When Harry Met Sally, Running Scared, Throw Momma From The Train, The Princess Bride, City Slickers, Analyze This and Analyze That.
Crystal guides the audience through the 700 Sundays that he and his brothers had with his father before he died, complete with improvisations and character voices that are his trademark. Ever the sentimentalist, which has helped win him the Oscar host spot for eight years, Crystal pokes loving fun at his family and we begin to see where this comedic colossus gained his chops. Crystal once again pulls out all the stops, weaving a mental tapestry full of flatulent uncles, Billie Holiday, and yes folks, even lesbians.
This is an opportunity to witness in an intimate setting one of the most creative and commanding comedians of our generation, on Broadway, with charisma to spare. Those fortunate to catch the show during its run will surely walk away with an experience to last a lifetime, much less another 700 Sundays.