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Billy Crystal Performs 700 Sundays For Kravis Center Benefit, 12/6

Billy Crystal will perform his hit one-man show, 700 Sundays, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts as a fundraising event for the organization. The performance will be followed by a black-tie dinner-dance in the Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion.

700 Sundays is written and performed by Crystal with additional content by Alan Zweibel.  The production is directed by Des McAnuff.

Tickets for the Kravis Center's annual gala are $750 for Gala Patrons and $375 for Young Patrons (45 and younger).

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700 SUNDAYS, an autobiographical journey, is 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.

In its opening week on Broadway, 700 SUNDAYS broke the house record for highest weekly gross at the Broadhurst Theatre and then continued to top its own record every week. The week ending May 22, 2005, marked the highest grossing week, not only for the Broadhurst Theatre, but also for any non-musical production in Broadway history, taking in $1,061,688 at the box office. The show won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience and both the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. Following the Broadway production, Billy played sold out limited engagements of 700 SUNDAYS in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Billy then took 700 SUNDAYS to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, where both engagements sold out upon announcement and won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Special Event. As reported a couple of weeks ago, 700 Sundays shattered the box office record to become the highest-grossing play ever at Washington D.C.'s National Theatre.

Produced by Janice Crystal, Larry Magid and Face Productions, 700 SUNDAYS has a scenic design by David F. Weiner, lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert, projection design by Michael Clark and sound design is by Steve Canyon Kennedy.

Additional performers slated for the Kravis Center include Tommy Tune, Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Salvatore Licitra, and pianist Lang Lang. The Kravis Center will additionally present its On Broadway series, which launches with the touring production of Grease starring former American Idol Taylor Hicks from November 10-15. Following this, the Center will run the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific from January 5-10, A Chorus Line directed by original director Bob Avian from February 2-7, Jersey Boys from March 10-28, and lastly the tour of Burn the Floor from May 4-9.


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