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Richard Benjamin & Tony Roberts in a Benefit Reading of Neil Simon's
THE SUNSHINE BOYS WHEN: Sunday, April 22, at 7 PM WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange TICKETS: $50
Over the course of forty-odd years together, two aging vaudevillian comedians grew to hate each other. In fact, they never even spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. But now, it is 1972 and CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a TV special on the history of vaudeville. Hilarity ensures and shenanigans reign as these two cantankerous old men reunite for the broadcast.
Get tickets online atlunastage.org, by calling 973.395.5551, or in person at the theater.
Acclaimed actor and director Richard Benjamin came to national fame in 1964 when Mike Nichols cast him in the lead role for the national company of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. His association with Simon continued. He starred in the national company The Odd Couple and made his Broadway debut in Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl. Mr. Benjamin’s other Broadway credits include The Little Black Book and The Norman Conquests.
Mr. Benjamin’s auspicious film debut came in 1969, starring opposite Ali MacGraw in Goodbye, Columbus. He went on to appear in more than twenty feature films, including Catch-22, Diary of a Mad Housewife, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, The Steagle, Portnoy’s Complaint, House Calls, and Love at First Bite. He was honored in 1975 with the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Sunshine Boys.
He most recently starred with George Segal at the Geffen Playhouse in the American premiere of Heroes, adapted and translated by Tom Stoppard.
Veteran actor of stage and screen, Tony Roberts is best known for his collaborations with Woody Allen. In Annie Hall, he portrayed Alvy Singer's best friend Rob. Other Allen films and/or plays in which he has appeared include both the Broadway and film versions of Play It Again, Sam, Radio Days, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Woody Allen's segment for The Concert for New York City.
For information on this benefit and all other events and programs at Luna Stage, visit the company website:www.lunastage.org. Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. 973.395.5551. The theatre is handicapped accessible and assisted listening devices are available.