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Billy Crystal Coming to Dallas


by Jerome Weeks 24 Jun 2009

Comedian Billy Crystal is reprising his Tony Award-winning Broadway show, 700 Sundays, in a limited tour to six cities — and the Winspear Opera House will present him Nov. 17-Nov. 22 as a “non-subscription special engagement.” What this actually means is that subscribers to the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts’ Lexus Broadway Series will […]

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billy-crystal_pageComedian Billy Crystal is reprising his Tony Award-winning Broadway show, 700 Sundays, in a limited tour to six cities — and the Winspear Opera House will present him Nov. 17-Nov. 22 as a “non-subscription special engagement.” What this actually means is that subscribers to the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts’ Lexus Broadway Series will get first crack at tickets.

700 Sundays is Crystal’s comic and sentimental solo-stage memoir about growing up on Long Island with his jazz-promoter-and-record-producer father (Billie Holiday took young Billy Crystal to see his first film). The creator of the Commodore record store and label (which recorded Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” when no one else would), Jack Crystal worked two jobs, six days a week. Hence, the title. By the time he died when Billy was 15, the two had only 700 Sundays together — the day they went to ballparks and jam sessions.

The show opens in Washington D.C. in September and travels to Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Palm Beach — making Dallas the only “Western” stop on this decidedly East Coast tour. Tickets for 700 Sundays will go on sale in July (date to be announced) to Lexus Broadway Series subscribers. For information on subscribing, call (214) 880-0202 or go to dallasperformingarts.org.

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  • Debbie

    I went on my very first real adult date to see Billy Crystal in Dallas, he played outside, everyone brought blankets and baskets filled with food and wine. Thanks for the post, reminded me of a good memory I hadn’t thought about in years (late 1980’s). Glad to hear he’ll be back in Dallas.

  • Lori

    I worked at Six Flags the summer of 1978, he and cast of others (Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Charles Nelson Reilly) came to SFOT and filmed an ABC special. Can’t remember the name but Billy came into my shop between takes in the gunfight scene they were filming. My first real experience seeing something filmed. I think they did about 15 takes before the director liked it. I think he must have been doing Soap at the time. Thanks for a great memory!

    • How come Billy Crystal does not perform on the West coast.
      I am disappointed, I would love to see this show.