Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays Plays Pre-Broadway Engagement in Minneapolis Starting Oct. 22
By Andrew Gans
Prior to stage and screen star Billy Crystal's return to Broadway later this fall with a limited nine-week engagement of his Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, the award-winning actor brings that solo show to Minneapolis beginning Oct. 22.
Crystal performs 700 Sundays at Minneapolis' State Theatre through Oct. 26. The six-performance run is a special addition to Hennepin Theatre Trust’s 2013-14 Broadway Across America-Minneapolis Season. For more information, visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org, call (800) 982-2787 or stop by the State Theatre Box Office at 805 Hennepin Avenue.
Previews will begin on Broadway Nov. 5 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) with opening night scheduled for Nov. 13. Performances will continue through Jan. 5, 2014.
700 Sundays is performed and written by Crystal with additional content by Alan Zweibel and direction by Des McAnuff.
“700 Sundays has, without question, been the most satisfying experience of my career,” said Crystal in a recent statement. “When we originally opened on Broadway, all I knew was that I had a story that I was compelled to share. Now that I’ve performed my play across the country and internationally, I’m gratified to know that the love of family, through joy and pain, is perhaps the most universal story. I’ve now decided to tell this story one last time in my own backyard, where it all took place. It is a privilege to return to Broadway to say goodbye to one of the greatest thrills of my life.”
The autobiographical 700 Sundays is described as "an original two-act play in which Billy plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. It deals with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. It is about family and fate, loving and loss."
700 Sundays is produced by Janice Crystal, Larry Magid and Face Productions, and features scenic design by David F. Weiner, lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert, projection design by Michael Clark and sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy.
The show won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event and both the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance.
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