Billy Crystal Plans Quiet New Year's Eve to Close Record Breaking Year
Billy Crystal, who is finishing up a 9-week limited engagement of his Tony Award-winning, record-breaking play 700 Sundays at Broadway's Imperial Theatre, plans to spend a quiet New Year's Eve with his wife and children, according to The New York Post. The funnyman has been breaking house records, while taking in $10 million in tickets sales for his autobiographical journey down memory lane.
Said Crystal of his New Year's plans, "Going to a small dinner party [and will be] home before midnight. [Wife] Janice and I will hold onto each other and smile, and then we are going to Skype with our kids and grandchildren as the ball drops."
Looks like 2014 will be just as busy for the comic once his show closes on January 5th. He'll be filming a version of the show for HBO, set to air this spring, as well as an audio version of his book "Still Foolin' 'Em", which was recently nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award.
700 SUNDAYS 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.
Crystal was pronounced "The King of Broadway" by The New York Post for the Broadway debut of 700 Sundayswhich, in its opening week on Broadway, broke the house record for highest weekly gross at the Broadhurst Theatre and then continued to top its own record every week. With a cumulative gross of over $21 million, 700 Sundays set a record for the highest weekly grossing non-musical in Broadway history at that time ($1,061,689 for the week ending 5/22/05) and was one of the top ten grossing shows every single week of its run, despite playing only six performances per week. 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. In 2009, Billy brought the show back to the United States with engagements in six major cities: Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Dallas; Palm Beach; Miami; and Atlanta. This fall's Broadway engagement will mark the show's first return to New York since its Broadway debut.