The producers of Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” reported $600,000 in single ticket sales the day after the show’s Sunday Broadway premiere.
The lofty sum looks to be a record for a play. Last month, Michael Frayn’s “Democracy” sold $210,000 the day after. Last season’s Sean Combs starrer “A Raisin in the Sun” did $250,000, while the 2003 revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” took in $413,000 the day after its opening.
For the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5, “700 Sundays” grossed $618,589 –good enough to land it on Broadway’s top 10 B.O. chart. The other nine shows were musicals. In recent seasons, the revivals of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” have been the only plays to gross enough to place on the chart.
At Sunday’s preem party for “700 Sundays,” Billy Crystal and director Des McAnuff held a press conference wherein they repeatedly referred to the autobiographical solo act as a “play,” never as a “show.” Whether the Tony Awards people agree and categorize “700 Sundays” as a play and not a special event a la “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” will be determined next year by the Tony administrative committee.