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The Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys
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Author: Neil Simon
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 90
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0573615969
ISBN-13: 9780573615962
Cast Size: 2 women, 5 men
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About the Play:

The Sunshine Boys is a full-length comedy by Neil Simon. Ex-vaudevillians Willie Clark and Al Lewis reunite for a television special – in spite of the fact that they can't stand each other – but can they get through the sketch without killing one another? The Sunshine Boys is a touching story full of memories, regrets, and the laughter that accompanies lifelong friendship.

The Sunshine Boys centers on a famous vaudeville duo, who haven't seen one another in decades – after a career-ending falling-out – until a big TV network attempts to bring the two legendary (and cranky) comics together for a special on the "History of Comedy." Al Lewis and Willie Clark as "Lewis and Clark" were the top-billed kings of comedy for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. A staple on the Vaudeville circuit, they kept audiences in stitches for decades, making six appearances on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' Now estranged for decades, when they agree (at the request of Willie Clark's long-suffering nephew Ben) to reunite for one last performance, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. This classic comedy of showbiz and friendship pays tribute to the history of comic theatre in the old Catskills Borscht Belt circuit and the performers who made it so memorable.

The Sunshine Boys premiered in 1972 at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, ran for 538 performances and received a Tony nomination for best play. Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, who played the roles of Oscar and Felix in the "Odd Couple" TV adaptation, headlined the 1997 Broadway revival of the play, which ran for 230 performances. The play is regularly performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 5 men

What people say:

"It's ham on wry...Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." — The New York Post

"The Sunshine Boys still works and probably always will. It's the author's most eloquent statement on comedy as a defense system." — The New York Times

"Another hit for Simon in a shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life." — New York Daily News

About the Playwright:

Neil Simon (1927-2018) was America's most prolific playwright. He had dozens of plays and nearly as many major motion pictures produced. He was showered with more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced in dozens of languages, and have been blockbuster hits from Beijing to Moscow. His true success, however, is in his unique way of exposing something real in the American spirit.

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