HBO will pluck Billy Crystal’s Tony Award-winning show ’700 Sundays’ off Broadway next year. The autobiographical one-man show, which made its return to Broadway this year, will be taped on January 3rd and 4th with a special set to be aired on HBO. The Imperial Theatre in New York houses the production. ’700 Sundays’ has been around for quite some time as it first opened in 2004 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The show ran for 163 performances and set box-office records. The play features Billy Crystal portraying several characters who influenced him throughout his childhood. It took home the 2005 Tony Award for ‘Special Theatrical Experience’.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming said this about Crystal, “Billy Crystal has been a beloved member of the HBO family for more than three decades. It’s thrilling to us that he decided to let us film this legendary theatrical event.” Three decades and six HBO specials, Crystal has said he’s absolutely “thrilled” to be back with HBO.
The show was on hiatus for quite some time until Crystal revived the production in November kicking off a nine week run. As for the HBO production, it will be directed by Des McAnuff and Crystal and David Steinberg will be the executive producers. For those of you who cannot get to Broadway it’ll be an opportunity to see the highly-praised show. Once again, HBO shows how it is dominating the premium channel game.
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