Emmy nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and Tony Award nominee Courtney B. Vance (Fences) will join two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and company in the upcoming Broadway production of Nora Ephron's last play, Lucky Guy. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe (Angels in America) directs the journalism drama, which begins previews March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre in advance of an April 1 opening.
Tierney, whose New York stage appearances include Some Girl(s), an oak tree, Three Changes, and North Atlantic, will make her Broadway debut as Alice McAlary, the wife of Hanks' Mike McAlary, the New York City newspaper columnist who received a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1997 police attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
Vance returns to Broadway for the first time in two decades as editor Hap Hairston. An Obie Award winner for his performance in My Children! My Africa!, he received Tony nominations for his work in Fences and Six Degrees of Separation.
The work follows the rise, fall, and rise of journalist Mike McAlary (Hanks), who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Abner Louima case shortly before his death in 1998.
Also starring in the production will be Christopher McDonald (Chicago) as lawyer Eddie Hayes, Peter Gerety (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as editor John Cotter, Peter Scolari (Sly Fox) as columnist Michael Daly, Michael Gaston (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) as columnist Jim Dwyer, Dustyn Gulledge as Dino Tortoricci, Deirdre Lovejoy (The Gathering) as reporter Louise Imerman and editor Debbie Krenek, Danny Mastrogiorgio (Golden Boy) as reporter Bob Drury, Richard Masur (Democracy) as editor Jerry Nachman and editor Stanley Joyce, and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Harper Regan) as Abner Louima. More casting will be announced soon.
Lucky Guy features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, sound design by Scott Lehrer, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, and projection design by batwin + robin productions.
Ephron, who died in 2012, was an essayist, screenwriter, novelist, and the author of the stage plays Imaginary Friends and Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which she co-wrote with her sister, Delia. She and Hanks collaborated on the popular films Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.
Hanks made his stage debut with Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, and performed in New York with the Riverside Shakespeare Company. He has won Academy Awards for his performances in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia, and his many other screen performances include Big, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away.
Wolfe won Tony Awards for his direction of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. His many other Broadway credits include Jelly's Last Jam, Angels in America: Perestroika, The Wild Party, Caroline, or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, and The Normal Heart.
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