Lucky Guy

"Thrilling…a LOVE SONG to journalism."

"A play about journalism that is as rich and rough and elegiac and fun as the last world it re-creates."

"Tom Hanks is spectacular in this exhilarating production by George C. Wolfe."

"A Hot-Ticket event with 100-proof Ephron zing."


“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.

Theatre: The Broadhurst Theatre
Opening Date: April 1, 2013

SMP’s Favorite Moment

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…

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.


Tom Hanks

Mike McAlary

 Courtney B. Vance

Hap Harrison

Maura Tierney

Alice McAlary

Peter Scolari 

Michael Daly


Nora Ephron 


George C. Wolfe


2 Tony Awards

Best Featured Actor (Courtney B. Vance)
Best Lighting Design