THE SUNSHINE BOYS - Ahmanson LA

VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
THE SUNSHINE BOYS - Ahmanson LA
Posted: 9/27/13 at 02:40pm
Any early word on previews? Have tickets to see the show next week and can't wait.
2014: Ghosts (Tralfgar Studios) The Weir (Donmar West End) Witness Uganda (A.R.T.) Beautiful, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mark Taper Forum), A Word Or Two (Ahmanson), Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie, 2013: I'll Eat You Last (Geffen Playhouse)The Last Five Years (Huntington Theater, Boston) The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson Theater), Wait Until Dark (Geffen Playhouse) Kinky Boots, Matilda, The Other Place, End Of The Rainbow (Ahmanson Theater), Tribes (Mark Taper Forum) Pippin (ART) 2012: Other Desert Cities (Mark Taper Forum)Seminar(Ahmanson Theater),Red (Mark Taper Forum) Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse)Follies (Ahmanson Theater)Evita, Once, The Lyons,The Best Man, Waiting For Godot (Mark Taper Forum, American Idiot (Ahmanson Theater) Clybourne Park (Mark Taper Forum), The Jacksonian (Geffen Playhouse) Red Hot Patriot (Geffen Playhouse) 2011:Fela (Ahmanson Theater) Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse) Bring It On: The Musical (Ahmanson Theater) Next Fall (Geffen Playhouse) Poor Behavior (Mark Taper Forum) Ghetto Klown (LA), Porgy & Bess (ART, Cambridge) Shrek (Pantages, LA) Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham's London) The Village Bike (Royal Court Theater) Luise Miller (Donmar) One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theater) Betrayal (London) Ghost The Musical (London) Tales Of The City (A.C.T San Francisco) Jerusalem, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Book Of Mormon, Good People, God Of Carnage (Ahmanson Theater), Burn This (Mark Taper Forum), The Escort (Geffen Playhouse) 33 Variations ( Ahmanson) The Break Of Noon (Geffen Playhouse) Hair (Pantages, LA) Circle Mirror Transformation (South Coast Rep) 2010: West Side Story (Pantages, LA)Next To Normal (Ahmanson) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, Becky Shaw (South Coast Rep) Leap Of Faith (Ahmanson Theater), They're Playing Our Song (Reprise), The Glass Menagerie (Mark Taper Forum), La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music, La Bete (London), The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (London), Billy Elliot (London), Aspects Of Love (London), Sister Act (London) A Behanding In Spokane, Bengal TIger At Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper), Subject Was Roses (Mark Taper), Next Fall, The Pride, Fela, The Language Archeive (South Coast) Robin & The Seven Hoods (Old Globe Theater), Xanadu (Road Tour) Girlfriend (Berkley Rep), In The Wake (Center Theater Group) 2009:Time Stands Still, Superior Donuts, Finian's Rainbow, The Royal Family, A Steady Rain, The Brother Sister Plays, Ruined, Next To Normal, 33 Variations, A Little Night Music (London), La Cage Aux Folles (London), Oleanna (Mark Taper), 9 To 5 (Ahmanson)
VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
THE SUNSHINE BOYS - Ahmanson LA
Posted: 10/4/13 at 04:30pm
can't wait to see this tonight....great reviews and buzz out of LA
Rave Review in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
2014: Ghosts (Tralfgar Studios) The Weir (Donmar West End) Witness Uganda (A.R.T.) Beautiful, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mark Taper Forum), A Word Or Two (Ahmanson), Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie, 2013: I'll Eat You Last (Geffen Playhouse)The Last Five Years (Huntington Theater, Boston) The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson Theater), Wait Until Dark (Geffen Playhouse) Kinky Boots, Matilda, The Other Place, End Of The Rainbow (Ahmanson Theater), Tribes (Mark Taper Forum) Pippin (ART) 2012: Other Desert Cities (Mark Taper Forum)Seminar(Ahmanson Theater),Red (Mark Taper Forum) Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse)Follies (Ahmanson Theater)Evita, Once, The Lyons,The Best Man, Waiting For Godot (Mark Taper Forum, American Idiot (Ahmanson Theater) Clybourne Park (Mark Taper Forum), The Jacksonian (Geffen Playhouse) Red Hot Patriot (Geffen Playhouse) 2011:Fela (Ahmanson Theater) Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse) Bring It On: The Musical (Ahmanson Theater) Next Fall (Geffen Playhouse) Poor Behavior (Mark Taper Forum) Ghetto Klown (LA), Porgy & Bess (ART, Cambridge) Shrek (Pantages, LA) Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham's London) The Village Bike (Royal Court Theater) Luise Miller (Donmar) One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theater) Betrayal (London) Ghost The Musical (London) Tales Of The City (A.C.T San Francisco) Jerusalem, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Book Of Mormon, Good People, God Of Carnage (Ahmanson Theater), Burn This (Mark Taper Forum), The Escort (Geffen Playhouse) 33 Variations ( Ahmanson) The Break Of Noon (Geffen Playhouse) Hair (Pantages, LA) Circle Mirror Transformation (South Coast Rep) 2010: West Side Story (Pantages, LA)Next To Normal (Ahmanson) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, Becky Shaw (South Coast Rep) Leap Of Faith (Ahmanson Theater), They're Playing Our Song (Reprise), The Glass Menagerie (Mark Taper Forum), La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music, La Bete (London), The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (London), Billy Elliot (London), Aspects Of Love (London), Sister Act (London) A Behanding In Spokane, Bengal TIger At Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper), Subject Was Roses (Mark Taper), Next Fall, The Pride, Fela, The Language Archeive (South Coast) Robin & The Seven Hoods (Old Globe Theater), Xanadu (Road Tour) Girlfriend (Berkley Rep), In The Wake (Center Theater Group) 2009:Time Stands Still, Superior Donuts, Finian's Rainbow, The Royal Family, A Steady Rain, The Brother Sister Plays, Ruined, Next To Normal, 33 Variations, A Little Night Music (London), La Cage Aux Folles (London), Oleanna (Mark Taper), 9 To 5 (Ahmanson)
FishermanBob
Broadway Star
joined:7/9/12
THE SUNSHINE BOYS - Ahmanson LA
Posted: 10/4/13 at 04:48pm
Saw one of the final previews this past Sunday. Thought it was entertaining although Simon's stuff is starting to feel a little dated. DeVito was very funny and a bundle of energy. He was fun to watch. Hirsch played it more reserved and I didn't think he came across that well. Charles McNulty's mixed to positive review in the L.A. Times more accurately captured what I saw and felt about it. Still an enjoyable night and a solid if not great production.

BTW, if you are a Neil Simon fan as it appears you are, the La Mirada Theater production of Broadway Bound runs till October 13 and is definitely worth checking out. Saw that last Friday and enjoyed it.

Updated On: 10/4/13 at 04:48 PM
VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
THE SUNSHINE BOYS - Ahmanson LA
Posted: 10/6/13 at 05:34pm
Fisherman Bob - agree with you on the show. Actually sounds like I enjoyed it quite a bit less. Devito is outstanding a bundle of Borscht Belt energy snapping out zingers in a perfectly executed manner. Hirsch was fine although what I would have done to see Richard Griffths play that role.

While entertaining, The Play is creeky and dated - no scurting around the issue there. Was the play well reviewed when it first was produced?

I felt the direction was sort of weak as well. The lighting of stage seemed off to me - I dont know if that was an artistic choice but it was all sort of bleak white lights where I think some colored gels could have helped mitigate what seemed to be an interminable few scenes. The play comes alive at the start of the second act - without giving anyting anyway. I also think the ending of the show is a tad weak.

Justin Bartha was good and held his own against Devito.

I hope this doesnt hold back on anyones desire to produce RUMOURS from what I can tell on the message board seems to be like a great Neil Simon farce - or for that matter - any other works from Doc Simon in the coming seasons. I think that The Sunshine Boys isn't that play to jump start a resurgance in Neil's work.

Fishmerman Bob - Thanks for the recommendation on Broadway Bound down in La Mirada. Dont think I'll have time to make that schlep down from LA - but it is a show I have always wanted to see - I was lucky enough to have caught BBM and BB on Broadway when I was a kid.

Is this still going to Broadway?
2014: Ghosts (Tralfgar Studios) The Weir (Donmar West End) Witness Uganda (A.R.T.) Beautiful, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mark Taper Forum), A Word Or Two (Ahmanson), Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie, 2013: I'll Eat You Last (Geffen Playhouse)The Last Five Years (Huntington Theater, Boston) The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson Theater), Wait Until Dark (Geffen Playhouse) Kinky Boots, Matilda, The Other Place, End Of The Rainbow (Ahmanson Theater), Tribes (Mark Taper Forum) Pippin (ART) 2012: Other Desert Cities (Mark Taper Forum)Seminar(Ahmanson Theater),Red (Mark Taper Forum) Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse)Follies (Ahmanson Theater)Evita, Once, The Lyons,The Best Man, Waiting For Godot (Mark Taper Forum, American Idiot (Ahmanson Theater) Clybourne Park (Mark Taper Forum), The Jacksonian (Geffen Playhouse) Red Hot Patriot (Geffen Playhouse) 2011:Fela (Ahmanson Theater) Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse) Bring It On: The Musical (Ahmanson Theater) Next Fall (Geffen Playhouse) Poor Behavior (Mark Taper Forum) Ghetto Klown (LA), Porgy & Bess (ART, Cambridge) Shrek (Pantages, LA) Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham's London) The Village Bike (Royal Court Theater) Luise Miller (Donmar) One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theater) Betrayal (London) Ghost The Musical (London) Tales Of The City (A.C.T San Francisco) Jerusalem, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Book Of Mormon, Good People, God Of Carnage (Ahmanson Theater), Burn This (Mark Taper Forum), The Escort (Geffen Playhouse) 33 Variations ( Ahmanson) The Break Of Noon (Geffen Playhouse) Hair (Pantages, LA) Circle Mirror Transformation (South Coast Rep) 2010: West Side Story (Pantages, LA)Next To Normal (Ahmanson) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, Becky Shaw (South Coast Rep) Leap Of Faith (Ahmanson Theater), They're Playing Our Song (Reprise), The Glass Menagerie (Mark Taper Forum), La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music, La Bete (London), The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (London), Billy Elliot (London), Aspects Of Love (London), Sister Act (London) A Behanding In Spokane, Bengal TIger At Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper), Subject Was Roses (Mark Taper), Next Fall, The Pride, Fela, The Language Archeive (South Coast) Robin & The Seven Hoods (Old Globe Theater), Xanadu (Road Tour) Girlfriend (Berkley Rep), In The Wake (Center Theater Group) 2009:Time Stands Still, Superior Donuts, Finian's Rainbow, The Royal Family, A Steady Rain, The Brother Sister Plays, Ruined, Next To Normal, 33 Variations, A Little Night Music (London), La Cage Aux Folles (London), Oleanna (Mark Taper), 9 To 5 (Ahmanson)
jbm2
Broadway Star
joined:3/26/11
THE SUNSHINE BOYS - Ahmanson LA
Posted: 10/23/13 at 10:26am
Is this still planning on a Broadway transfer?