New York -
Billy Crystal has taken his boyhood memories back on the road.
"I really miss doing it. I missed the juice," says the performer of the enthusiastic audience reaction to "700 Sundays," the funny - and poignant - family tales that form the heart of his 2005 Tony-winning one-man show, written with good friend Alan Zweibel. It's now on tour through the end of the year.
"I never thought when I stopped - which was 2 1/2 years ago in Melbourne, Australia - that I was done with it," the 61-year-old Crystal says. "There were still things I kept finding every night. Then we had a couple of other losses in the family this year that made me think, 'You know, I want to get back out and do it again.' And so here we go."
Loss triggers the stories in "700 Sundays," the centerpiece being the death of Crystal's father, Jack, who died of a heart attack at age 54 when his son, Billy, was 15.
The show's title comes from a calculation by Crystal that father and son spent that many Sundays together before Jack Crystal died. Sunday was the one day of the week the two had to enjoy each other's company since Jack Crystal always held two or three jobs. He was a jazz musician and concert promoter who also ran the Commodore Music Shop, a jazz record store in New York.