Tom Treads The Broadway Boards
The last 30 years have seen Hollywood icon Tom Hanks receive prestigious gong after gong from the Oscars to the Golden Globes, not just for his acting in blockbuster movies like Forrest Gump and Philadelphia, but also for his skills as a writer and director. With all these accolades, along with television successes like wartime series Band of Brothers and The Pacific already under his belt, he now turns his multi-talented hand to the stage, making his Broadway debut in the Broadhurst Theatre play, Lucky Guy.
The production boasts a star-studded playbill, including Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe and the late acclaimed playwright Nora Ephron (perhaps most widely-known for penning motion picture hits Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, both of which star Hanks) along with an early co-star of Hanks’, Peter Scolari. It tells the true story of Mike McAlary (Hanks), a rough-around-the-edges tabloid columnist in the scandal-ridden New York of the 1980s, following the peaks and pitfalls of his career and culminating in his coverage of the Abner Louima case of police corruption, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Arriving on stage to great anticipation, this gripping tale is set to be one of Broadway’s must-sees of 2013, and though it’s scheduled for a 15-week run, it’s sure to be popular, so book well ahead.