Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tom Hanks First Broadway Preview Gets Thumbs Up– So Does Nora Ephron Play


It’s not a review, just overheard– last night’s first preview of Nora Ephron‘s “Lucky Guy” is said to have been a total success. Tom Hanks plays late New York reporter Mike McAlary, whose roller coaster career included a Pulitzer Prize and an early, tragic death. This is Ephron’s last work. Some people worried that without her in rehearsals, “Lucky Guy” might suffer. Not at all, apparently. Ephron has left a tidy, well wrought work according to those who saw it last night. Hanks and the entire cast are getting kudos.

The play is likely going to win Best Play, as well, at the Tonys. Nora Ephron, much loved and missed, will be beaming with smiles from heaven.

The play reunites Hanks with Ephron– they made “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” together, two modern classics. It also reunites Hanks with Peter Scolari, his old pal. They started together in TV with “Bosom Buddies.” Another “Bosom Buddies” castmate, Holland Taylor, is down the street, in “Ann,” a one woman show about Ann Richards. Theater season is here. Hanks has two Oscars. Now he can add a Tony, maybe, to his collection of gold statues. Tickets are selling for than two hundred clams, by the way!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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