Tom Hanks to make his Broadway debut
May 09, 2012
According to an article from Michael Riedel in the NY Post, Tom Hanks has signed on to play tabloid newspaper columnist Mike McAlary in Lucky Guy, a play that will open in Broadway in January for a limited run at a Shubert theater.
Lucky Guy is a new play written by Nora Ephron, with whom Tom Hanks has worked on Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and that will be directed by George C. Wolfe.
It will captures the end of the era of newspaper dominance, when one last of the great NYC newspaper columnists, Mike McAlary, sold papers, drove stories and had the pulse of the city.
A tough guy who drank with cops, McAlary covered the major crime stories of the ’80s and ’90s, most famously the sodomizing of Abner Louima by the police. McAlary won the Pulitzer Prize for his aggressive coverage of the case in 1998, just a few months before he died of colon cancer at 41.
McAlary didn’t always get it right. Some of his editors suspected he “piped,” or made up, quotes for dramatic effect. And he screwed up spectacularly in 1994 when, in the Daily News, he accused a woman of making up a rape charge to promote a feminist rally.
The woman, a lesbian, claimed to have been raped in Park Slope. McAlary wrote that the police doubted her story. His column ran under the incendiary headline “Rape hoax the real crime.”
The next day Police Commissioner William Bratton held a press conference to announce that, in fact, there was evidence of rape. He also apologized to the victim.
The woman hit McAlary and the News with a $12 million libel suit.
Ephron’s play deals with both the Louima case and the libel suit — the high and low points of his career.
Source : NY Post
Tom Hanks has been looking to do a play in New York for several years. He’s been offered many scripts but reportedly chose this one because of its compelling lead character and his own friendship with Nora Ephron.
We'll let you know when we learn more about this.