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Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, Starring Tom Hanks, Celebrates Emotional Broadway Opening Night

A star-studded crowd, including Meg Ryan, Angela Bassett, Larry David, Emmy Rossum, Spike Lee, and Regis Philbin helped welcome the new drama to Broadway.

April 1 was an emotional night at the Broadhurst Theatre, where Lucky Guy, the new and final play by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle), officially opened on Broadway in a production directed by two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe (The Normal Heart). Starring the late Ephron's frequent collaborator, two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, in his Broadway debut, the bio-drama explores the life of New York newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, whose coverage of the Abner Louima case was awarded a Pulitzer Prize just months before his untimely death from colon cancer.

Ephron was toasted during the performance's final curtain call, when a tearful Hanks and company saluted a photo of the playwright projected onto the stage. The company also includes Maura Tierney (ER), Courtney B. Vance (Fences), Christopher McDonald (Chicago), Peter Gerety (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Peter Scolari (Sly Fox), Michael Gaston (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), Dustyn Gulledge (The Foreigner), Deirdre Lovejoy (The Gathering), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Golden Boy), Richard Masur (Democracy), Stephen Tyrone Williams (Harper Regan), Brian Dykstra (Call Me Waldo), Andrew Hovelson (An Enemy of the People), as well as Paula Jon De Rose, Joe Forbrich, Thomas Michael Hammond, and Marc Damon Johnson.

Following the performance, Hanks, joined by wife Rita Wilson (Chicago), the company, and their guests, a star-studded group including Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing), Bobby Cannavale (The Big Knife), Holland Taylor (Ann), Dennis Miller (Saturday Night Live), author Gay Talese, Martin Short (Fame Becomes Me), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Joy Behar, headed to Gotham Hall for the swanky afterparty.

Click here to watch TheaterMania's opening night interviews with Tom Hanks and the cast of Lucky Guy.

Click here to read TheaterMania's review of Lucky Guy.