Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch Will Be Neil Simon's Sunshine Boys in L.A.
By Adam Hetrick
Academy Award nominees Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch, both veterans of the television series "Taxi," will reunite for the Center Theatre Group production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys, which will begin performances Sept. 24 in Los Angeles.
Thea Sharrock (Equus, After the Dance) will stage the comedy that officially opens Oct. 2 for a run through Nov. 3.
DeVito starred in a 2012 London engagement of The Sunshine Boys opposite late actor Richard Griffiths, which Sharrock also directed. Griffiths, who died in March at the age of 65, had been announced to repeat his work for the CTG engagement.
DeVito will return to the role of Willie Clark, with Hirsch as Al Lewis.
Additional casting will be announced.
According to CTG, "In Neil Simon’s play Willie Clark (DeVito) and Al Lewis (Hirsch) are former vaudevillian stars who, after a partnership of over 40 years, are no longer speaking to each other. When a lucrative television offer for one last show lures them into a grudging reunion, sparks fly in this classic comedy of showbiz and friendship."
"I'm so excited to be working with Judd again," DeVito said in a statement. "We did a play together 43 years ago and then, of course, did 114 episodes of 'Taxi.' I'm so excited – did I say that already? This is gonna be a total blast."
Hirsch added, "Here we go again ... just like Al and Willie ... I just can't wait."
Hirsch made his Broadway debut in Barefoot in the Park and performed in Lanford Wilson's The Hot l Baltimore and Talley's Folly. He won Tony Awards for I'm Not Rappoport and Conversations with My Father. He won two Emmy Awards for "Taxi."
DeVito won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the hit comedy "Taxi." He starred in the film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," in a role he also played on stage, as well as "Terms of Endearment," "Matilda," "The War of the Roses" and his current series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
The Sunshine Boys is produced by Richard Willis, Sonia Friedman Productions and Tulchin Bartner Productions.
Tickets are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.
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