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The Sunshine Boys

a Neil Simon Festival production

A vaudeville duo reluctantly agree to reunite for a TV special. Their grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.

at The Egyptian Theatre

June 13, 2013 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Add to Cal
Ages: All Ages    

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TICKETS: Reserved $23 Advance/$27 Door
Front-of-House $29 Advance/$34 Door; Cabaret Seats $35 Advance/$40 Door

Comic duo “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking to each other after an acrimonious break-up. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.
—“It’s ham on wry...Simon’s sure-footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever.”-New York Post
—“Delicious and oddly affecting.”-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

Rated PG

ACTOR BIOS:

  Eddie Mekka as Willie Clark

Mekka is best known to television audiences for his role as 'Carmine Ragusa', The Big Ragu on the hit ABC-TV sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley". That role lead to numerous guest appearances on many of the most popular series of the 70s, 80s and 90s, such as  "The Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Moonlighting", "The New Rockford Files","Family Matters" and "The Jamie Foxx Show".  Eddie also enjoyed long runs on two daytime dramas — "The Guiding Light" and  "Sunset Beach". While on "Guiding Light", soap magazines labeled him "The Joe Pesci of Daytime".

Eddie played Bette Midler's cohort in the movie Beaches, and appeared as Madonna's boyfriend in the movie A League of their Own.  Other film credits include Taking The Heat, Dear God, and On Top of the World. 

In 1974, Eddie got his "big break" on Broadway in the Vietnam War-themed rock opera, The Lieutenant, for which he received a Best Actor nomination by both the Tony and Drama Desk committees. Eddie also appeared in such shows as Jumpers, The Magic Show with Doug Henning, Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston. Since 1993, he has been steadily performing the role of 'Tevye' in Fiddler on the Roof. Critics have given him rave reviews saying "Eddie's 'Tevye' makes you forget all others!"

   David Meyers as Al Lewis
Meyers has performed extensively on stage, in TV and Film, and in radio. He has been a company member of many regional theaters, including La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Portland Repertory, Artists Repertory, Portland Center Stage, Salem Repertory, Mt. Hood Repertory, Perseverance Theater, PCPA Theaterfest, Southwest Repertory, and North Coast Repertory. His Film credits include:  Men of Honor, with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, and  Firefox, with  Clint Eastwood.  TV Movies include: Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Valley of Light, Final Justice and Terror in the Towers.     

 

  Richard Bugg, Founder and Artistic Director of the Neil Simon Festival, as Ben Silverman
Richard Bugg is a Professor at Southern Utah University in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.  He has been teaching all levels of acting and speech for 21 years — one year at Brigham Young University and twenty at SUU.  Richard is the founding producer and artistic director of the Neil Simon Festival, now in its 11th season.  He has performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Sundance Summer Theatre, the Tuachan Center, the Pink Garter Theatre, the Neil Simon Festival, and has lent his acting talents to many University productions.  He has also performed in numerous feature films, television movies, television series, commercials, and industrial films.  A few of his credits include: Money Plays, Touched By An Angel, Walker-Texas Ranger,  and Double Jeopardy.