Thunder Bay Theatre's first show of 2012 opens Thursday and stars two of Alpena's favorite actors David Usher and Pat Jacques.
The pair will appear in Neil Simon's Tony-nominated comedy, "The Sunshine Boys." Produced on Broadway in 1972 and later adapted for film and television, it centers on two ex-vaudevillians, Willie Clark and Al Lewis (Usher and Jacques).
Known as Lewis and Clark, these two performed together for 40-odd years, but by the end of their run, they hated each other and refused to speak off-stage.
Appearing in Thunder Bay Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Sunshine Boys” are, seated from left, David Usher and Pat Jacques. Standing are Zach Clement, Nickie Hilton, Kendra McInerney and Lion Schultz. Not pictured are Rick Mesler and William Powell. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Now it is 1972 and CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a special on the history of comedy, with the pair representing the vaudeville era at its best. Much of the humor in the show is derived from efforts to get the two cantankerous actors into the same room for a rehearsal, their differences of opinion once they reunite and their shenanigans on the actual broadcast.
Zach Clement takes on his largest role yet at TBT playing Willie's nephew, the young theatrical agent who attempts to reunite them. Others cast in the show include Rick Mesler as a patient, Lion Schultz as Eddie, Kendra McInerney and Nickie Hilton as nurses, and William Powell as "The Voice."
"The Sunshine Boys" is being directed by Derek Spack, who also serves as technical director and did the lighting design. Costumer for the show is McInerney, assistant technical director is Clement, property mistress/scenic artist is Hilton, and TBT intern/production assistant is JoeLee Greer.
"The Sunshine Boys" runs Jan. 19-22, Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5 with show times at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call the TBT box office at 354-2267.