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700 Sundays

Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays Changes Closing to May 22

 

One performance has been added to the limited engagement of Billy Crystal's hit 700 Sundays. The show will now end appropriately enough on a Sunday. The last performance is now scheduled for May 22.

700 Sundays is an original two-act play in which Crystal plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. The one-man show deals with family and fate seen through the eyes of the comedian in his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, through his surprisingly familiar years of teenage angst and finally into adulthood.

The show earned mostly positive reviews when it opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on December 5. In his Broadway.com Review, William Stevenson wrote: "I found Crystal to be just as entertaining as he has been as an eight-time host of the Academy Awards--in the first act. In the second act, unfortunately, he lays on the pathos a little too thick… Crystal, known for his rapid-fire joke telling, turns out to be a capable silent comedian. In fact, the entire first act is quite successful, as Crystal with help, no doubt, from [director Des] McAnuff and [co-writer Alan] Zweibel combines comedy and sentimental reminiscence. It's sweet but not saccharine. The second act is another story. It's dominated by his discussion of his parents' deaths… There are amusing bits in the second act, but there's also a surfeit of unfunny, crude humor… Still, his legions of fans will go home happy."

The show has been a huge box office success, selling out almost every week since previews began and frequently topping the 100% capacity mark. Due to the fact that 700 Sundays does not run the traditional eight performances a week, by the time it closes, the show will have played only three Sundays: opening night December 5, a special Actors' Fund benefit performance on February 13 and closing night.

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