Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, Starring Tom Hanks, May Head to London

By Adam Hetrick
17 May 2013

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
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Lucky Guy, the new play by late writer Nora Ephron, may be London-bound with its Academy Award-winning star, Tom Hanks, according to the Daily Mail.

Representatives for the Broadway production of Lucky Guy had no comment on the potential transfer. The Daily Mail reports that a potential London transfer would take place in spring 2014 for a limited run.

Hanks stars as Pulitzer Prize-winning tabloid writer Mike McAlary in Ephron's play that began began previews March 1 and officially opened April 1 under the direction of George C. Wolfe. The production extended its run through July 3 and recently recouped its $3.6 million capitalization after eight weeks of performances. Lucky Guy has consistently grossed over $1 million at the box office weekly. 

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).



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. 

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.

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

Visit luckyguyplay.com.

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