“Lucky Guy” Tom Hanks’ Broadway Debut

April 4, 2013 § Leave a comment


It is very appropriate that Tom Hanks’ Broadway debut would be starring in a play written by the late, great, journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger, Nora Ephron (1941-2012). Ephron, known for her adorable romantic comedies (some of which starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan), included, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “You’ve Got Mail”,  “When Harry Met Sally”, and “Julie and Julia”.  A true literary talent.

Oh, the bitter sweet life of journalism. In “Lucky Guy”, Hanks enacts key episodes from the life of famous Pulitzer Prize-winning “New York Post”, and “New York Daily News”, journalist and columnist, Mike McAlary, who unleashed corrupt police politics, looked up to Jimmy Breslin, ‘rewarded good guys and put the bad guys away’, and dreamed of one day having his own column, because ‘everything else is second place.’

Inevitably, he continued to work hard, followed his dreams and persevered, meanwhile jealous colleagues,  an unhappy wife in the suburbs, and his health started to turn on him.

Throughout his career, McAlary, covered  1980’s NY cases that received worldwide attention; from crack houses in the Bronx, cyanide found in Tylenol, the Mets winning the World Series in 1986, to a fugitive cop found in a motel room, and the Tawana Brawley scandal.

I am not just saying this, because he is Tom Hanks, but Tom Hanks IS SO CONVINCING IN THIS ROLE, THAT I HONESTLY, FORGOT I WAS WATCHING TOM HANKS!  That is how good he is. Congratulations and Thank You!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Meg Ryan, Spike Lee, Martin Short, Lorne Michaels, Carol Kane, Graydon Carter, Mike Nichols, Gayle King, Sting, Dennis Miller, John McEnroe, and many others in attendance.

Party at Gotham Hall

Article by Sharon Abella


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