For the first time since starring together in the hit comedy series Taxi, Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch will reunite onstage for Neil Simon’s 1972 comedy The Sunshine Boys. The show will debut at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, with opening night scheduled for Oct. 2.
The show focuses on the two-man vaudevillian team Lewis and Clark, who grew to hate each other by the end of their 40-something-year run as a performing pair. Willie Clark (DeVito) resents Al Lewis (Hirsch) for his decision to retire before Clark was ready to hang up their hats and canes. When an offer arises for the two to do one last show together, the men face a grudging-but-hilarious reunion.
DeVito is no stranger to the curmudgeon in the striped pajamas: He starred alongside the late Richard Griffiths in the West End production of The Sunshine Boys in London last summer. Although DeVito described his stage experience with Griffiths as “one of the happiest times” he’s ever spent, he is excited to reunite with Hirsch for the L.A. production, directed by Thea Sharrock.
“We did a play together 43 years ago and then, of course, did 114 episodes of Taxi,” DeVito said in a press release announcing the production. “I’m so excited — did I say that already? This is gonna be a total blast.”
Simon’s The Sunshine Boys was first produced on Broadway in 1972 and has been adapted for both film and television. Now, more than 30 years later, the show remains a classic comedy about to be given a fresh rendition by these classic comedians.
“Here we go again…just like Al and Willie,” Hirsch said in the press release. “I just can’t wait.”