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700 Sundays

Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays Extends Through June 12

 

Due to popular demand, Billy Crystal's Tony-nominated hit 700 Sundays, which was expected to close on May 22, will run through June 12. Because of this extension, the Broadhurst Theatre's next tenant, Lennon, slated to begin performances on June 28, is delaying its start date to July 7.

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 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."

Lennon was actually originally scheduled to begin Broadway previews on July 7. However when the show cancelled its pre-Broadway tryout in Boston, it moved its Broadway start date up to June 28. Now it is moving it back to July 7. Due to the switch Lennon will open later than previously planned. Instead of July 28, expect the tuner to have its officially bow on the Great White Way on August 4.

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