Tom Hanks To Star In Nora Ephron’s Play ‘Lucky Guy’
I know I’m one of the few who thinks Tom Hanks’ best work was acting alongside the great Peter Scolari in the ABC sitcom Bosom Buddies (1980-1982).
I also know that I’m not the only one surprised to learn that Hanks, a two-time Academy Award winning actor, has never appeared on Broadway. He performed with New York’s Riverside Shakespeare Company but never in a show produced for the Great White Way.
That all changes in 2013 when Hanks’ resume gets another bullet point.
Hanks has signed on to play real-life reporter Mike McAlary in the play Lucky Guy. George C. Wolfe (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk) is directing this Nora Ephron penned drama.
If you recall, Hanks and Ephron, who past away in June, worked together on the movies Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
Lucky Guy is Ephron’s second play to be produced for the way that’s broad. The first was Imaginary Friends in 2002. With her sister, Delia, she co-wrote the off-Broadway classic Love, Loss, and What I Wore (2008).
The play is scheduled to run at the Broadhurst Theatre beginning April 1, 2013 (previews begin March 1). It’s being billed as a limited engagement which means you should get you Lucky Guy tickets as soon as possible. Hanks isn’t going to walk the boards for very long especially when he can make a crappy movie for ten times the salary and half the effort.
McAlary was a tabloid reporter whose career rose, fell, and rose again in the 1980s and 1990s. He won a Pulitzer price for covering the story of Abner Louima, a famous victim of police brutality.
McAlary succumbed to colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 41. Tom Hanks is 56.
The rest of cast has not been announced.
Now, we said Tom Hanks has never been on Broadway but some of his films were adapted for the stage. Catch Me If You Can is still running at the Neil Simon Theatre. It debuted in April of 2011 and was been nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical.
In 1996, Hanks’ movie Big was turned into a musical. It only ran for 193 performances.
And of course Toy Story has frequently been used for stage and ice shows.