Comedian and actor Billy Crystal is reviving his Tony Award-winning show “700 Sundays” later this year with a traveling production of the autobiographical play. The performer’s six-city venture launches with a September 8-17 residency at the National Theatre in Washington, DC.
Engagements of varying lengths are also booked for Philadelphia, Dallas, Palm Beach and Miami before the production’s final run of the year on December 16-20 run at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. Ticket sales open to the general public in Washington and Philadelphia on July 13, according to Playbill.
“700 Sundays” first hit the stage at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway in December 2004, where it was booked for a limited 13-week residency. But when more than $10 million in tickets sold before the opening, and night after night saw a packed audience, Crystal’s one-man, two-act show was soon bumped out through June 2005.
“This has meant more to me than anything,” said Crystal of the show’s success in a 2005 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “Most satisfying, no doubt. Most fun, no doubt. To have this at this point in my life and career is just a great gift to have.”
Following his time on Broadway, Crystal performed the show for sold-out crowds in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as Australian audiences in Melbourne and Sydney in 2007. The effort earned Crystal the 2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.
The production is billed as an examination of “[Crystal’s] youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood.” The play’s title refers to the number of days the young Crystal spent with his father before his death.
“I have thought about ‘700 Sundays’ at least once a day since the last time I performed it in Australia two years ago,” Crystal said in a statement about his new touring plans. “My love for these characters from the canvas of my life and the incredible connection that I feel with audiences while sharing this personal story have made this one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.”
Crystal added, “I knew I wasn’t done performing it and I knew I’d like to bring the show back when the time felt right. I’m so happy to be playing six great American cities this fall.”
“700 Sundays” itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|September 8 – 17||Washington, DC||National Theatre|
|Sept. 30 – Oct. 11||Philadelphia, PA||Merriam Theater|
|November 17 – 22||Dallas, TX||Winspear Opera House|
|December 3 – 6||Palm Beach, FL||Kravis Center for the Performing Arts|
|December 9 – 13||Miami, FL||Arsht Center for the Performing Arts|
|December 16 – 20||Atlanta, GA||Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre|
Last Updated on June 26, 2009 by By Allison Reitz