700 Sundays Performance on Nov. 18 Will Help Habitat for Humanity

By Ernio Hernandez
20 Sep 2004

Habitat for Humanity is offering special packages for the Nov. 18 performance of the upcoming Billy Crystal Broadway solo work 700 Sundays.



The charity dedicated to "eliminating poverty housing" will present supporters with a variety of seating options for the 8 PM show, combining the show tickets with gift bags, drinks, dinner and a top all-inclusive package that boasts airfare and hotel.

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser packages are available through www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/groupsales with the password: habitat.

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700 Sundays, representing Crystal's Broadway debut, will begin performances Nov. 12 at the Broadhurst Theatre toward an official opening Dec. 5. Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Big River, The Who's Tommy) directs.

"I am thrilled to come home and bring this story of my family to Broadway," said Crystal in a statement. "This is not a history of my career, it is about periods of my life and people in my life that helped make me a man."

The solo work is billed as two-act play that "deals with [Crystal's] youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood." The show recently performed a workshop production (as 700 Sundays... Billy Crystal... A Life in Progress) at La Jolla Playhouse, where McAnuff is artistic director. The work, which features additional content by Alan Zweibel, was built upon material used in his live benefit performances of An Evening with Billy Crystal and His Special Guest David Steinberg in 2003.

Crystal, who hosted the Academy Awards for the eighth time in 2004, has recently appeared in "Analyze That," the sequel to "Analyze This." Other films credits include "Running Scared," "City Slickers," "Throw Momma From The Train," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," and "America’s Sweethearts." He also provided the voice of Mike in the animated "Monsters Inc." Crystal also received plaudits for his directorial work on the HBO film "61*" which he also executive produced.

Tickets to 700 Sundays at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44 Street are available through Telecharge.com.