Movie actor Danny DeVito is set to follow other Hollywood stars and appear in a theatre show in London’s West End. Unlike some other movie actors, DeVito began his career on the stage.
The BBC reports that Danny DeVito is scheduled to take the lead role in Neil Simon's play “The Sunshine Boys” which will open at the Savoy Theatre, London on April 27, and run until July 28, after the show “Legally Blonde” closes.
According to WhatsOnStage, DeVito will star alongside the actor Richard Griffiths (who is best known internationally for his roles in the “Harry Potter” films). Griffiths will play the character Al Lewis and DeVito will play Willy Clark. The play will be directed by Thea Sharrock, who directed the West End and Broadway production of “Equus”.
As Playbill notes, “The Sunshine Boys” was first performed on Broadway in 1972 and was adapted as a successful movie in 1975, featuring Walter Matthau and George Burns. It is a character driven piece that focuses on two former comedy partners who used to be billed as The Sunshine Boys. Despite the two not having spoken in years when they are forced to reunite when a television network calls for them reunite for a nostalgic History of Comedy review. This leads to past grudges resurfacing as the two performers take center stage once more.
Danny DeVito (born Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr, in 1974) came into television and films off the back of theatre work, having appeared in Broadway shows in the early 1970s. DeVito has featured in a number of successful movies, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”, “Terms of Endearment”, “Batman Returns”, and “L.A. Confidential”. As well as being producer, DeVito also co-owns a restaurant called DeVito South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.
If DeVito’s performance, and the play itself, is successful then, according to Broadway World, the play could be heading over to Broadway for a summer run.