Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy Will Be Licensed by Dramatists Play Service
22 May 2013
Photo by Joan Marcus
Dramatists Play Service will publish and license live performance rights to Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, the new Tony Award-nominated drama about late Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mike McAlary.
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.
Academy Award winner Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut as McAlary in the Broadway premiere of that play that began March 1 and officially opened April 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre. It will play an extended run through July 3. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the play recouped its $3.6 million capitalization in eight weeks of performances.
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.