Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy Will Be Licensed by Dramatists Play Service

By Adam Hetrick
May 22, 2013

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 received six Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Featured Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Best Direction (Wolfe), Best Scenic Design (David Rockwell) and Best Lighting Design (Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer).

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."

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