Legendary actor, comedian, author and perennial Oscar host Billy Crystal will film his one-man show 700 Sundays at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on January 3, 2014 and January 4. The Tony-winning show, which opened on November 13 for a return Broadway engagement, will be filmed for a forthcoming HBO special. No airdates have been announced. 700 Sundays is scheduled to run through January 5, 2014.
700 Sundays will be Crystal’s sixth HBO solo special. "Billy Crystal has been a beloved member of the HBO family for more than three decades," said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, in a statement. "I am thrilled to be back home at HBO. I always felt this would be the last time I would perform 700 Sundays," added Crystal. "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."
Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff and performed and written by Crystal (with additional material by Alan Zweibel), 700 Sundays takes an autobiographical look at the actor and perennial Oscar host's life and the people and events that shaped him. Crystal's dad, who died when the comedian was just 15, worked two or three jobs, leaving only "700 Sundays" for them to spend together. The solo show deals with Crystal's youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood.
700 Sundays originally opened in 2004 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 163 performances. The show won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience. The creative team for 700 Sundays includes scenic design by David F. Weiner, lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert, projection design by Michael Clark and sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy.