Legendary actor, comedian, author and perennial Oscar host Billy Crystal's one-man show 700 Sundays, which was filmed at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre last month, will premiere April 19 on HBO. The Tony-winning show, which opened on November 13, 2013 for a return Broadway engagement, ended its blockbuster run on January 5. 700 Sundays is Crystal’s sixth HBO solo special.
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 broke the house record for highest weekly gross at the Broadhurst Theatre in its opening week, and continued to top its own record in subsequent weeks. 700 Sundays won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience.