It’s hard to believe that Tom Hanks has never been on Broadway before. But the two-time Oscar winner will make his debut this spring in Lucky Guy, a new play by Nora Ephron, the late writer-director of two of his biggest box office hits (Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail). And this is no one-man vanity project, as you can see from this exclusive first photo from the production, which begins previews March 1 before an official opening April 1 under the direction of two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe.
In the play, Hanks portays the late New York Post columnist Mike McAlary at the height of the 1980s tabloid wars and racial tensions in the city. And the mustachioed star is front and center in the promotional photo (click here for a larger version), joined by such familiar faces as Maura Tierney as McAlary’s wife, Alice, and his former Bosom Buddies costar Peter Scolari as fellow columnist Michael Daly.
From left to right, the full cast includes Michael Gaston (columnist Jim Dwyer), Dustyn Gulledge (Dino Tortoricci), Danny Mastrogiorgio (reporter Bob Drury), The Wire’s Peter Gerety (editor John Cotter), Tierney, Brian Dykstra (policeman Brian O’Regan), Hanks, Boardwalk Empire’s Christopher McDonald (lawyer Eddie Hayes), Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s Courtney B. Vance (editor Hap Hairston), Scolari, Richard Masur (editors Jerry Nachman and Stanley Joyce), Deirdre Lovejoy (reporter Louise Imerman and editor Debby Krenek), Stephen Tyrone Williams (Abner Louima).
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