Tom Hanks Is Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, Opening on Broadway April 1

By Adam Hetrick
01 Apr 2013

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
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Academy Award winner Tom Hanks portrays late Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mike McAlary in the Broadway premiere of Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, a fast-paced drama that takes audiences into the newsrooms of New York City's tabloid newspapers. Opening is April 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe stages the production that began previews March 1 and will play a limited engagement through June 30. Hanks makes his Broadway debut as McAlary in a production that traces the tenacious reporter's turbulent rise to success in gritty 1980's New York City.

Ephron, the acclaimed writer-director known for the screenplays to "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Heartburn," died at the age of 71 on June 26, 2012. She had been at work on the new play about McAlary, who was a columnist for the New York Post and the Daily News. Ephron worked for the New York Post early in her career and wrote about the experience in her final book, "I Remember Nothing."

Lucky Guy marks Ephron's second Broadway outing. The first was the short-lived 2005 play-with-music Imaginary Friends, about writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy. 



The cast of Lucky Guy also features Maura Tierney ("News Radio," "The Good Wife") as McAlary's wife Alice, and two-time Tony nominee Courtney B. Vance (Fences, Six Degrees of Separation) as McAlary's editor, Hap Hairston.

The cast also features Peter Scolari (Sly Fox, Hairspray) as columnist Michael Daly, Richard Masur ("Risky Business," "And the Band Played On") as editor Jerry Nachman/editor Stanley Joyce, Brian Dykstra (Red, Selling Out) as policeman Brian O'Regan, Christopher McDonald ("Thelma and Louise," Chicago) as lawyer Eddie Hayes, Peter Gerety ("Flight," "The Good Wife") as editor John Cotter, Michael Gaston (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, "Mad Men") as columnist Jim Dwyer, newcomer Dustyn Gulledge as Dino Tortoricci, Deirdre Lovejoy ("The Wire," How I Learned to Drive) as reporter Louise Imerman/editor Debbie Krenek, Danny Mastrogiorgio (Golden Boy, Contact) as reporter Bob Drury, Stephen Tyrone Williams (Burning, My Children! My Africa!) as Abner Louima, as well as Paula Jon De Rose, Joe Forbrich, Tom Hammond and Marc Damon Johnson.

Tom Hanks and Maura Tierney
photo by Joan Marcus

Lucky Guy is characterized as "a new play about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. From his sensational reporting of New York’s major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, the play dramatizes the story of McAlary's meteoric rise, fall and rise again, ending with his coverage of the Abner Louima case for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998."

Lucky Guy has scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer. Projection design is by batwin + robin productions.

Hanks' numerous screen appearances include "Sleepless in Seattle," "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Cast Away," "Saving Private Ryan," "That Thing You Do" and "Cloud Atlas."

The Broadway production is produced by Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger & William Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole & Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and The Shubert Organization.

A limited amount of student rush tickets are available for purchase for $35. Student rush tickets are available at the Broadhurst Theatre for day-of performances only.  Limit of one ticket per person with a valid student ID. Seating locations are at the discretion of the box office. Producers have also announced that standing-room tickets for $27 are available at the box office 90 minutes prior to curtain, only when the performance is sold out. 

For tickets visit Telecharge.com. The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 West 44th Street. 

Visit luckyguyplay.com.

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Tom Hanks and Courtney B. Vance
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