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Lucky Guy


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“It’s 1985. New York City is totally polarized. Rich, poor, black, white. The crack epidemic is just beginning. The murder rate is rising. It was a grand and glorious time to be in the tabloid business.”
So writes the beloved Nora Ephron in Lucky Guy

In a stunningly-successful run, Lucky Guy played to sold-out houses in the spring and summer of 2013 as theatergoers came to honor the playwright’s memory.  Starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, the play is sadly Ephron’s final work, but also marks a return to her journalistic roots as she tackles the story of controversial 1980s tabloid reporter Mike McAlary.  Lucky Guy is as much about McAlary’s life as a reporter as it is about the life — messy, sensational, heroic, gritty, “grand and glorious” — of the city itself.  It is also a love letter to the lost world of journalism and the days when getting the story was like getting the golden ticket.

Who’s Who in the Cast: Tom Hanks as Mike McAlary, Courtney B. Vance as McAlary’s editor Hap Harrison, Maura Tierney as McAlary’s devoted wife, and Peter Scolari as columnist Michael Daly.

Playwright: Nora Ephron
Director: George C. Wolfe
Theater: The Broadhurst Theatre
Opening Date: April 1, 2013

SMP’s Favorite Moments: The recreation of the newsroom and the interaction between the stellar cast as journalists and cops; Tom Hanks and Courtney B. Vance in the hospital room scene; Maura Tierney reciting the stops on the Long Island railroad…


2 Tony Awards
Best Featured Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Best Lighting Design

Read the Play: Lucky Guy is now available in print as part of the compilation The Most of Nora Ephron, published by Knopf.  Purchase your copy here.

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