As much as we poke fun at Billy Crystal, he’s really had a remarkable career. He’s had success in pretty much every form of entertainment, including music–who can forget “You Look Marvelous“?–and the stage. Crystal’s two-act play, 700 Sundays, earned a 2005 Tony Award and spawned a U.S. and Australian tour.
Those who missed seeing Crystal’s work the boards will get a second chance. The comedian will tape two performances of 700 Sundays on January 3rd and 4th at New York’s Imperial Theatre for a special that HBO plans to air later in 2014, the cable network announced yesterday.
Crystal is also performing the play at the Imperial this month, and tickets are available. Or you could wait several months and watch it for a fraction of the cost on cable. In your living room. Your call.
700 Sundays features Crystal portraying numerous characters who have influenced who he is today, dealing with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and adulthood, with the “700 Sundays” of the title a reference to the amount of time he spent with his father.
If this doesn’t sound like HBO’s typical fare, consider Crystal’s longtime relationship (Comic Relief, *61, and numerous comedy specials) with the cable giant goes back to before Lena Dunham was born.