Crystal graduated from NYU's Tisch School in 1970 with a BFA and attended classes in the 111 Second Avenue building, which served as the original home of Tisch. It is also where Crystal's father, Jack, produced "The Sessions" jazz concerts throughout the 1950's. Proceeds from the gala will help fund renovations of the historic building. "The Tisch School of the Arts at 111 Second Avenue has a special place in my heart," Crystal said in a statement." "From 1949 until 1963 my father, Jack, produced great jam sessions there every weekend when it was known as The Central Plaza. His concerts were some of the first integrated sessions in jazz history. It was there as a youngster around these great jazz players that I started to perform. Many years later I would return to that great building as a student at the School of the Arts. With this evening, it is a special thrill to be able to help restore that building so more youngsters like me will discover the thrill of the performing arts."
Crystal's play 700 Sundays, which drew on his childhood experiences with his father, earned the 2005 Tony Award as Best Special Theatrical Event. Crystal's film credits include "Analyze That," "Running Scared," "City Slickers," "Throw Momma From The Train," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," "Mr. Saturday Night" and "America's Sweethearts."
The gala evening, which will feature live entertainment, will be directed by Arthur Masella. Visit TischGala.