Richard Griffiths was originally cast opposite DeVito but passed away earlier this year and then David Krumholtz dropped out and was replaced by Justin Bartha. Director Thea Sharrock said of the show’s bumpy ride to opening night: “I don’t really think of it like this. Richard’s passing away was a big unexpected shock of course. We had to honor him and carry on with what we had begun together.”
After a “shortish” two-month stay in Los Angeles directing the show Sharrock is headed back to England this weekend to finish up work on a TV project. But talking of a possible Broadway move she was philosophical. “Who knows with these things, we learn very early on in this business what’s meant to be is meant to be.”
DeVito said, “Great to be on stage with Judd Hirsch in ‘The Sunshine Boys,’ a masterpiece by Neil Simon. We are flying together and having a ball!”
Joining Sharrock and the stars including Hirsch and Bartha at the opening at Millennium Biltmore afterparty were Simon and wife Eileen Joyce, Lawrence Kasdan, Christopher Lloyd, Marilu Henner, Rob McElhenny, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Beth Grant and Alyssa Milano.