The Classic Neil Simon Comedy!


The Classic Comedy
By Neil Simon
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
and Select Sundays at 2pm
February 21 through March 22

The 20th Season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions continues with the Neil Simon Comedy THE SUNSHINE BOYS, opening on Friday, February 21 and running Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, March 22.

Select Sunday Matinees are only performed at Broadway Onstage when a prearranged group of 30 or more is scheduled to attend. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 ˝ Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe. The theatre is the home of the patented TeeVeeStage™ Presentation system, which employs cameras above the audience and monitors above the stage to provide audience members with different viewing perspectives of the live stage performance. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is also the home of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc., which began producing Non-Equity professional live theatre on the Eastside of Detroit in February of 1980.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS introduces us to Al Lewis and Willie Clark. Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together. The year is 1972. Willie's long suffering nephew and agent, Ben, tries to negotiate the reunion. He invites Al to Willie's room for a rehearsal, and that begins a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. As the New York Post says, "it's ham on wry...Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." The New York Daily News said of THE SUNSHINE BOYS, "Another hit for Simon in a shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life."

Portraying Al Lewis and Willie Clark are Rick Mason and Dennis Wickline, respectively. Mr. Mason was just seen at Broadway Onstage as Dub in the Holiday Comedy CHRISTMAS BELLES. Mr. Mason was also seen there last season as Michael in THE GOD OF CARNAGE and several seasons ago as Kevin in THE SCOTTISH PLAY. Mr. Wickline is the producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage and was seen there two seasons ago as Olin, the Scrooge understudy, in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! and several seasons ago as David O'Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Longtime Broadway Onstage favorite John Arden McClure takes on the role of Ben, Willie's nephew and agent. Mr. McClure was just seen as Justin in CHRISTMAS BELLES and Sherlock Holmes in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.

Donna DiSante, Isobel Lomax in THE KITCHEN WITCHES earlier this season, will portray the Registered Nurse that comes in to help Willie. The cast is completed by Sharron Nelson as the Sketch Nurse, Peter Cucinella as the Patient, and Elizabeth Rager as the TV Assistant Director. Ms. Nelson was just seen as Twink in CHRISTMAS BELLES, Ms. Rager appeared as Joanne/Bea in YOU JUST HAVE NO IDEA, and Mr. Cucinella was seen last season as Arvide at Broadway Onstage in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! The production is under the direction of Christopher Oakley, Frank in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES last season at Broadway Onstage, and director of a number of productions there, including MISERY and last season's THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE!

Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, February 21 are $15. Tickets for all other performances are $18. Again, Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe, Michigan. Ticket Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (586) 771-6333.

DENNIS WICKLINE (Willie/Set Design) - Dennis was seen as Edna in Grosse Pointe Theatre's HAIRSPRAY in 2012. He was seen here as Olin in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! and Frank in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS in 2011-2012. Dennis portrayed Hector in THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS here in December of 2010. He portrayed Miles in our spring 2010 comedy THE CRAZY TIME as well as appearing as Ty in THE SCOTTISH PLAY to close our 2009-2010 Season. He portrayed David O'Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS and Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY in the fall of 2008. He was seen as Major Powell in CORPSE and Frank in WEEKEND COMEDY here in 2008. Dennis was also seen as Bradley in THE COCKTAIL HOUR in the fall of 2004, among other productions. He is the producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage. He began producing theatre in February of 1980 at Stouffer's Eastland. This season is his thirty-third, and final season, of producing non-Equity professional theatre in the Detroit Metropolitan area. He is the author of a number of plays and musicals, including THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS. He also appeared as Fagin in Grosse Pointe Theatre's 2001 production of OLIVER! and was seen as Joe Keller in their production of ALL MY SONS in March of 2005. Dennis was also seen here in the thriller THE WOMAN IN BLACK in the fall of 2002, portraying 5 separate characters. He also directed GPT's 2005 SHOWBOAT and 2008's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

RICK MASON (Al) - Rick just repeated his role of Dub in CHRISTMAS BELLES during the Holiday Season. It was a role he originated during last year's production. He appeared as Michael in GOD OF CARNAGE for us last season. He also portrayed Kevin in THE SCOTTISH PLAY several seasons ago. Rick has a list of credits as extensive as his talents. He was very active with Kalamazoo Civic Players before moving to the Detroit area. He is now very involved with Grosse Pointe Theatre and Fine Arts Society of Detroit. Rick was seen as Jack Jerome in Grosse Pointe Theatre's production of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS several seasons ago. He was also seen as John Smith in GPT's recent production of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, as well as appearing as Greg in their production of SYLVIA several seasons ago. He was also seen in GPT's production of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. In addition, Rick portrayed Kris Kringle in Fine Arts' production of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET in 2008 among many other roles he has performed to great acclaim. He has also been seen in a number of commercials and industrial films. We're very happy to have him with us again. Welcome back, Rick!

JOHN ARDEN MCCLURE (Ben) - John just portrayed Comfort in YOU JUST HAVE NO IDEA here. He also portrayed Justin in CHRISTMAS BELLES, Sherlock Holmes in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Stephen in THE KITCHEN WITCHES and, earlier this season, acted as Stage Manager for FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. Wow! He was seen last spring as Chester in TAPDANCE! He opened last season as Captain "Bangs" in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He followed that by portraying Inspector Hubbard in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER and took on originated his role of Justine in CHRISTMAS BELLES and Phillip Trent in TRENT'S LAST CASE, a script he also wrote. He was also seen as William in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. John gave very memorable performances as Beane in LOVE SONG, Herb in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS!, Grant in CAHOOTS, and Nick in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS last season. He also stage managed THE SEX MANIAC in the summer of 2011, and has stage managed other productions. He took on the title roles in our closer in 2009 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE to great acclaim and has appeared here in numerous other productions. John's first appearance on our stage was in 2005 as Charley in THE BOOK OF MURDER. John is also a theatrical veteran for other area groups, having portrayed Ranger Tom in ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, Bozidar in DEAR SANTA, and Trent in THE LAST RESORT for Starbrite Dinner Theatre. He is also a member of Grosse Pointe Theatre, having portrayed Anthony Marston in TEN LITTLE INDIANS and Kenny Norman in PROPOSALS. We welcome him back to our stage!

DONNA DISANTE (Registered Nurse) - Donna was seen earlier this season as Isobel Lomax in our production of THE KITCHEN WITCHES. She directed each version of THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS through 2006 and then took on the role of Minnie for the four subsequent productions. She appeared as Emma and Co-Directed our spring 2012 production OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Donna appeared as Veta in HARVEY and Addie in THE LADIES OF HARMONY several seasons ago, as well as directing our spring 2009 production of MIXED EMOTIONS. She has also appeared on our stage on several other occasions. She was Miss Prism in our season closer in 2005, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and appeared as Person 1 in EPIC PROPORTIONS. Donna also directed our production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Golden Lion Dinner Theatre in 1984. She was very involved in the early years of the Attic Theatre, and the Grand Circus Exchange in Detroit. She is a Past President of Grosse Pointe Theatre, and has directed a number of productions for them, including SABRINA several seasons ago and GODSPELL just recently. She is always a joy to work with, and we're happy to have her lend her considerable talents to this production. Thanks, Donna!

PETER CUCINELLA (Patient) - Peter first appeared for our company last season as Arvide in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He did live TV in the late 50's and early 60's and is an inactive membere of AFTRA. He played St. Peter in the PASSION OF CHRIST 1962 at St. Bonaventure Monastery and was awarded the ultimate Detroit Lions Fan for the Year 2000 and installed in the Visa Hall of Fans in Canton, Ohio. His enthusiasm has always been infectious. We're happy to have Peter back with us again. Thanks, Peter!

SHARRON NELSON (Sketch Nurse) - Sharron was just seen here as Twink in CHRISTMAS BELLES, Trisha in FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS and Beryl in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. She was seen last season a number of productions, including TAPDANCE! as "Lips." She has also been seen here on a number of other occasions and choreographed and appeared as Madame Ziegfried in A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE to close our 2010-2011 season. She is quite active with Grosse Pointe Theatre, and portrayed Louise in their version of EPIC PROPORTIONS in January 2007, and was seen in their 2008 production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. She was seen in their Purdon Studio Theatre production of THE EXONERATED and has also has served on their Board of Directors and choreographs and directs for the Youth on Stage program. She can be seen in the Sundance film BILAL'S STAND as the high school counselor. Other film credits include playing the role of Mary in MARY'S BUTTONS a local film about the first Michigan sheriff shot in the line of duty. Sharron also teaches power skating to hockey players. It's a pleasure to have her with us. Welcome back, Sharron!

ELIZABETH RAGER (TV Assistant Director, Stage Manager) - Elizabeth has been busy this season. She was just seen as Joanne/Bea in YOU JUST HAVE NO IDEA. Elizabeth was also seen as Mindy in our season opener FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, Mrs. Barrymore in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and Honey Raye in CHRISTMAS BELLES. She was seen last season as Josephine in TAPDANCE! She originated the role of Honey Raye in our Christmas Comedy CHRISTMAS BELLES and followed that by portraying Celestine Bunner in TRENT'S LAST CASE. She was also seen as Maureen/Sister Mary Kneepad in 2012's MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS and as Sylvia in last season's opener, THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! Liz was also seen here as Madge in THE SEX MANIAC and Liz in LOVE SONG. She was our Stage Manager for MURDERER to begin 2010 and has stage managed a number of other productions. She made her acting debut with her performance as Stella in our September/October 2007 production of SOMETHING TO HIDE. She is no stranger to the stage, peforming parody songs as part of a singing group as well as performing skits in theatre-in-the-round. She is also an able pianist, playing in a variety of venues including accompaniment for soloists and musicals. She believes her occupation as a trainer helped prepare her for the stage: "In training others, you design and present everything for learning with a little entertainment spread throughout; with theatre, you design and present everything for entertainment with a little learning spread throughout." We welcome you back, Elizabeth.

CHRISTOPHER OAKLEY (Director) - Christopher was seen last season as Frank in our spring comedy HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. He has been very active for our company since the beginning of Broadway Onstage. He directed last summer's THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! and summer 2011's THE SEX MANIAC. He also directed 2010's THE SOCIAL SECURITY MURDERS. He directed our fall 2009 production of MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S and our fall 2008 production of MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Christopher directed our 2007 production of A THOUSAND CLOWNS and our fall 2006 production MISTER 80%. He directed Avon Players' 2007 production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and also directed YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU there. In September of 2006, he directed Grosse Pointe Theatre's opening production DIAL "M" FOR MURDER, and he directed our production of THE FOURSOME in January of 2006, and our EPIC PROPORTIONS in the spring of 2005. He has directed a number of our most successful productions, including BREAKING LEGS several seasons ago, and our production of CRIMES OF THE HEART in the summer of 2001. He also directed our spring 2002 production of MISERY. In January of 2002, Christopher portrayed Lord Fancourt Babberly to great acclaim in Grosse Pointe Theatre's CHARLEY'S AUNT. Thanks for everything, Chris!