Billy Crystal’s autobiographical one-man show “700 Sundays” is among the highest grossing plays in Broadway history, and it will make its televised debut exclusively on HBO later in 2014, the premium network announced today.
The show, which is currently running at the Imperial Theatre in New York, is set to be taped on January 3 and 4. The two-act play finds Crystal playing an ensemble cast of characters who have influenced who he is today, reaching all the way back to his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, through his teenage years and into adulthood.
“I am thrilled to be back home at HBO. I always felt this would be the last time I would perform ‘700 Sundays.’ Taping it so more people can see the play is very exciting. Most importantly, my grandchildren and others to come will get to know about our family and its unique history,” said Crystal.
“700 Sundays” won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event, as well as 2005 Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle awards. Crystal followed his Broadway run with sold-out shows of “700 Sundays” across the nation, and then took the show to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, where it won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Special Event.
HBO recently aired a Broadway one-man show from a very different celebrity — Mike Tyson, whose “Undisputed Truth” was directed by Spike Lee. “700 Sundays” will be Crystal’s sixth HBO solo special, following “On Location,” “A Comics Line,” “Don’t Get Me Started,” “The Lost Minutes” and “Midnight Train to Moscow.”