Tom Hanks on Broadway starting April 1, 2013
October 12, 2012
Back in May, it was said that Tom Hanks would make his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, a play written by Nora Ephron, who passed away on June 26, 2012. It is now official and a premiere date has been set.
Lucky Guy begins previews on March 1, 2013 at the Broadhurst Theater (235 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) and an opening night is set for April 1, 2013. This marks Tom Hanks's first stage performance since 1979, when he performed with the Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York.
The play will be directed by George C. Wolfe, who won Tony Awards for his staging of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 1993 and for the musical Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk in 1996.
Tom Hanks will play Mike McAlary in the stage biography, a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist. McAlary, the city's one-time dominant tabloid reporter, got the first interview with Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized and beaten by white police officers at a station house in 1997. McAlary would win the Pulitzer Prize the next year but would die of cancer a few months later at age 41.
- Mike McAlary : Irish-American. 40s. A successful columnist. Even as a kid he dreamt of becoming the next Jimmy Breslin. Driven and fearless he will go to places in the city where even the cops are afraid to go. Becomes addicted to the rush that getting “The Story” brings, likes the media spotlight a little bit too much and in the process makes potentially career ending mistakes. But ultimately his passion for telling the stories forged in the crucible that is New York turns him into a great award winning columnist.
- Hap Hairston : African-American. 40s-50s. An editor, brilliant at inspiring reporters and sharpening their copy. His combination of fierce intelligence, ordinariness and generosity allow those around him to shine. He is one in a handful of minorities to break into a world historically dominated by the Irish and he’s had to work ten times harder than the next guy to get there. Comfortable with the controlled chaos of the newsroom.
- John Cotter : Irish-American. 50s-60s. A managing editor. An old school newspaper man who will do anything to get a good story. He loves the hard working, hard drinking culture of the city newsroom and thrives on the competitive pressures of the tabloid wars, working, in the end, for all three. He has a keen nose for a story and excellent instincts about writers. A great mentor to Mike with the ability to push him to do the near impossible. A brilliant man who never eats and never sleeps. He just drinks.
- Eddie Hayes : Irish-American. 40s-50s. A lawyer. Grew up in a working class Irish neighborhood in Queens. An ex-Bronx DA known for his relentless prosecution of murderers and drug dealers, he is now a high flying lawyer in private practice with a taste for handmade suits, headline grabbing cases and movie stars with big problems. But dont let the fancy suits and pocket squares fool you. Scratch the surface and theres a tough New York street fighter more than capable of taking care of himself and his friends.
- Alice McAlary : Italian-American. Mid-30s. A girl from Massapequa, Long Island. Smart, pretty and funny. At ease with the tough guys in the newsroom who adore her in return. Tough and a little salty, she can give as good as she gets. She is totally loyal to Mike and constantly challenges him to be the best man and the best reporter that he can be. But her husband’s success comes with a price tag. She is often alone in their house on Long Island while he works the streets and bars of New York 24/7 for a story.
- Michael Daly : Irish-American. A columnist at The Daily News. Late 30s-early 40s. As a young reporter he is taken with the romance of the newspaper business. Spends a lot of time in the trenches with Mike and teaches him the fine points of being a columnist.
- Jim Dwyer : A columnist at Newsday. Irish-American born and bred in New York. Late 30s-40s. While Mike is mixing with cops and gangsters he is covering the closing of the last 24 hour hotdog stand in the subway. He watches with increasing frustration as Mike’s star rises. He is smart with a slightly self-deprecating sense of humor.
- Bob Brury : Irish-American. Mid 30searly 40s. A reporter. He is tall, good looking and charismatic. He has spent his life working in the newspaper world, starting as a copy boy and then fighting, alongside Mike, to escape a career as a sportswriter where he has no patience for the dumb, narcissistic jocks he’s surrounded by. Has a legendary bar room brawl with Mike. This role will most likely double with John Miller, a Deputy Commissioner for Public Information at the NYPD. 40′s. A former journalist turned Police Department PR guy. He has retained the hardnosededge of a reporter in his press conferences.
- Louise Imerman : A reporter. 30s. One of only a small handful of women that made it in to the fatough talking, booze and adrenaline driven, misogynist world of tabloid journalism. She’s definitely “one of the boys.” She curses like a truck driver and holds her own at the bar. She’s in the newsroom because she’s tough and talented but she doesnt hesitate to work the guys if she thinks it will help her to get a story or meet a deadline. This role doubles with Debby Krenek, An editor at The Daily News. Texan. Initially a section editor she keeps her head down and works hard. Everyone thinks she’ll run the paper one day. She is pragmatic and steady. As genteel as she is tough. The voice of reason amidst the ongoing chaos of the newsroom. Fiercely loyal to her staff. She does indeed become the first female Editor in Chief in the papers 79 year history. This is a role for a character actress with range and comedic skill.
- Jerry Nachman : Jewish. Editor at The New York Post. 50s. A Brooklyn native, he has never lost his passion for telling stories about his city. A smart guy who is all skill and no pretense. He is a gifted newsman. Confident and tenacious, he always accomplishes what he sets out to do. A lion in the business that he knows inside and out. This role will most likely double with Stanley Joyce, a managing editor of The Daily News. A tough minded boss.
- Abner Louima : Haitian. 30s. A security guard at a sewage treatment plant. Physically delicate. A thoughtful, quiet man. After trying to help break up a fight outside a Brooklyn nightclub he is arrested, beaten and brutally assaulted by officers at the 70th Precinct. He brings his story to Mike, who goes on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his exposé of Louima’s horrific attack.
Male Ensemble : 20s-50s. “Good cops, Bad cops, Reporters, Columnists and Criminals.” A small ensemble of character actors with great New York City texture and faces to play small as well as nondialogued roles with likely understudy responsibilities to include :
- Dino Tortorici : 20′s. An Italian-American kid from Yonkers whose girlfriend has died after taking cyanide tainted Tylenol. He becomes the subject of Mike’s first headline story.
- Bartender : He will be the bartender at the various places the guys go drinking. Sometimes Elaine’s, sometimes the Lion’s Head in the village, sometimes McGuire’s.
- Jimmy Breslin : the legendary NYC Columnistt.
- O’Regan : 40s. A crooked cop.