The Story of a Poster: THE SUNSHINE BOYS

Our popular blog feature “The Story of a Poster” returns!

Original Broadway Windowcard, 1972

 

As with HARVEY, we referred back to the original Broadway art for inspiration. But we changed it up and added to it to make it our own. We always take a look at what other designers have envisioned for the show—we don’t want to miss anything–but this time came up dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film quote poster, 1975

 

The film’s art was very 1970s and centered completely on review quotes. It uses a Hirschfeld of Walter Matthau and George Burns, so we couldn’t really use anything like that and didn’t want to create an imitation Hirschfeld!

 

 

 

 

 

London Revival Windowcard, 2012

We felt like we didn’t want to go in the same direction as the artwork for the 90s Broadway revival or the recent West End/LA production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Teaser March 2017

It all began back in March, when the first task was to come up with a teaser poster in a hurry to display in the lobby during AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. We hadn’t cast our stars at this point, so all we had was the title, the author, and the dates. So: curtain, spotlight, frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUNSHINE BOYS has a long history as a vehicle for a pair of stars, so once we knew that Don Most (from Happy Days and Glee) and Robert Wuhl (from Arli$$ and Bull Durham) would be joining us, we added them to the artwork, with much larger star photos than we usually use, to emphasize the presence of our star team.

Sunshine Boys JTC Poster September 2017

But still, the simplicity of the original seemed a little quiet for 2017. So we went wild and made a bunch of changes:

–We brightened the shade of red on the curtains substantially.

–We added the extra front curtain with the tassels to break up the top and the sides and give us another color besides red.

–We added the bulb marquee around the title and darkened the board inside it to make the title lettering jump out more.

–We chose a bold font for the stars’ names that was complementary to the title font, and changed the font of the word “The” in the title to match the author font. It ties it all together.

–We added the seats at the bottom of the poster.

–We changed the gradient on the title to keep as much of it bright as possible.

–We took out the outer frame to make more space for the info blocks.

–We decided not to do a tag line, as there was already plenty of text on the poster and it was clear the show is a comedy

Some people want a poster to have as little text as possible, and some want all the information right there. We try to strike a balance. Dates and location are a must. Of course we had to include our Season Sponsor info; we couldn’t do it without them! And info on our website, social media, and how to get tickets—we have a new place to buy tickets in person, Given Memorial Library.

Overall, we’re happy with the final version of The Sunshine Boys poster. Looking forward to figuring out the artwork for The Miracle Worker for the spring.

With the final version of the poster, if you’re walking by a store window, it will catch your eye. As always, if you’d like to hang a poster in your place of business, let us know: JudsonTheatre@gmail.com. And we hope you’ll join us in laughter with The Sunshine Boys October 19-22 at Owens Auditorium.

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PineStraw feature article about Judson Theatre Company and THE SUNSHINE BOYS!

September’s PineStraw spotlights Judson Theatre Company, featuring a gallery of photos from our productions and interviews with Executive Producer Morgan Sills, Artistic Director Daniel Haley, And Then There Were None star Alison Arngrim, and much more…

Read it here: https://www.pinestrawmag.com/enter-stage-left/

Thanks to Jim Moriarity and all our friends at PineStraw!

 

Don Most joins the cast of THE SUNSHINE BOYS!

Judson Theatre Company is happy to announce that beloved television favorite DON MOST will play the role of Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a child growing up in Brooklyn, NY, Don Most wanted to be just like the entertainers in his favorite film, The Jolson Story. While in junior high school, Don committed to the professional study of acting, singing, and dancing. At fifteen, Don got his first big break as part of a teenage musical revue that played the famous “Borscht-Belt” circuit of New York’s Catskill Mountains.

At age twenty, Don Most catapulted into the American zeitgeist when he won the role of Ralph Malph on the television pilot Happy Days. The role was originally a stock jock character. Director Jerry Paris and Executive Producer Garry Marshall were so charmed by Don’s charisma and natural comedic timing they reworked the part and transformed Ralph Malph into the beloved class comedian that won the hearts of America.

In the two decades following the success of Happy Days, Don continued to entertain and inspire audiences and earned critical acclaim in a long list of television and film roles. His film credits include EDtv, Crazy Mama, The Yankles, and The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich. Don’s television roles include a recurring role in Glee, Men Of A Certain Age, Star Trek: Voyager, Sliders, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Diagnosis: Murder, Century City, Dark Skies, and The Family Guy.

After years of working in front of the camera, Don realized his life-long ambition to direct with his first feature, The Last Best Sunday, in 1999. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and won Best Feature at the Telluride Indie Fest. Don’s second film, Moola, starring William Mapother and Shailene Woodley, earned the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award at The Newport Beach Film Festival in 2007. In 2011 Don directed his first family film, Harley’s Hill, which premiered on Showtime, Starz and Encore.

Throughout his storied career Don Most’s dream of returning to his early musical days never wavered. Inspired by his love of swing, jazz and big band music, he created the musical revue Donny Most Sings and Swings. The show debuted in Los Angeles at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Vitello’s Jazz Club in Studio City to great acclaim. Don’s act showcases his love of the great standards, and covers the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and his favorite, Bobby Darin.

Don Most married actress Morgan Hart in 1982 after meeting on the set of Happy Days. They have two daughters, Madison and Mackenzie, and live in Los Angeles, California.

ROBERT WUHL headlines THE SUNSHINE BOYS

Judson Theatre Company is thrilled to announce two-time Emmy winner Robert Wuhl will star as Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys! Perhaps best known for playing sports super-agent Arliss Michaels  on HBO’s Arli$$ (which he also wrote and created), Robert Wuhl has appeared in the iconic blockbuster movies Bull Durham (as Larry), Tim Burton’s Batman (as reporter Alexander Knox), Good Morning Vietnam (as Marty Lee Dreiwitz), as the host of the Oscars in The Bodyguard,  and Flashdance. As a writer he co-wrote the 1990 and 1991 Academy Awards (with Billy Crystal). Other TV includes Assume the Position, 2 Minute Drill, Poker Royale, and American Dad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you love to laugh (and who doesn’t?) join us at The Sunshine Boys October 19-22 at Owens Auditorium in Pinehurst. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more; rush tickets available at the door for military and students. Click here to get tickets!

 

 

SUNSHINE BOYS NYC Auditions – Casting the show

Many people ask, “Where do you find your actors?” (i.e. “How do you cast the show?”) And the backbone of our casting is our New York auditions. For Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, we put out an online casting breakdown in New York for four of the supporting roles. We received over 300 photo and resume submissions, which we then go through and choose who we’d like to see in person, so we can find the perfect four actors for these roles. Just the process of culling the resumes takes the better part of a day–we look at every single one we receive.

In the case of The Sunshine Boys auditions, we did this first round of auditions all in one day in New York. There are 60 audition slots. We notify the actor’s agent, or sometimes the actor directly, that they have received an appointment.

On Friday, April 28  the actors we selected for appointments come in and read “sides” (excerpts from the script) that we’ve made available to them in advance, at the time we booked them–usually 5 or 10-minute slots.

We take detailed notes on every audition we see. We have a record of everyone who has ever auditioned for Judson Theatre Company. Sometimes we cast actors from the West Coast (a lot of our headliners have been Los Angeles/Hollywood based) or regional actors who live in various places around the country. If it is impractical for the actor to attend the in-person NYC auditions, we occasionally accept a video audition. We may also use local actors with professional training and experience if they are able to make the time commitment to a full-time work week of rehearsal and performances.

While we do cast actors who have done excellent work for us in multiple shows, we are also aware that any theatre company can fall into the trap of “the same faces all the time.” So we seek a balance between having the best people return when there is an appropriate role for them, and constantly bringing new talent to the area.

We had some wonderful talent at the auditions for The Sunshine Boys!

VIDEO: Alison Arngrim on Spectrum News 14…and a special message

Watch Alison’s fun TV interview with Caroline Blair of Spectrum News!

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And here’s a special and hilarious personal message from Alison:

 

HUGE feature in The Pilot on AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

The folks at The Pilot must be Agatha Christie fans–there’s an amazing feature on And Then There Were None in Sunday’s paper! Check it out online here:

http://www.thepilot.com/news/features/judson-theatre-company-presents-christie-classic/article_eacab1d0-0994-11e7-a929-d33ea56c66d4.html

See how beautiful it looks when you pick up the print edition: