Tom Hanks on Taking LUCKY GUY to London: 'It's in Our Hearts If Not Our Pocketbooks - Yet'
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, two-time Academy Award winner and 2013 Tony nominee Tom Hanks may be taking Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy to London. The actor is in talks for a West End opening in 2014, and he elaborated during an interview on tonight's Tonys red carpet, saying there are still "no definite plans to take Lucky Guy to London", but that "the idea's in our hearts if not in our pocketbooks - yet."
LUCKY GUY officially recouped its $3.6 million capitalization eight weeks after beginning Broadway performances. The world premiere production of Nora Ephron's final work, which this week was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Play, has also broken a record three times as the highest grossing play in Broadway history.
The production has been nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tom Hanks), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Courtney B. Vance), Best Direction of a Play (George C. Wolfe), Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Rockwell) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer). Lucky Guy has also been nominated for Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play, with Tom Hanks also receiving Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his performance. Courtney B. Vance has also been nominated for a Drama League Award for his performance.
LUCKY GUY is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. The production opened April 1, 2013 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44thStreet). The limited engagement was recently extended for 16 additional performances through July 3, 2013.
Nora Ephron began her professional career as a reporter at The New York Post in 1962 and Lucky Guy marks a return to her journalistic roots. Her new play is about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary (Tom Hanks). Lucky Guy is the third collaboration between Tom Hanks and Nora Ephron, following the films Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.
From his sensational reporting of New York's major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, Lucky Guy dramatizes the story of McAlary's meteoric rise, fall and rise again.
The production also stars Maura Tierney (Alice McAlary), Christopher McDonald (Eddie Hayes), Peter Gerety (John Cotter); Courtney B. Vance (Hap Hairston); Peter Scolari (Michael Daly) and Richard Masur (Jerry Nachman/Stanley Joyce); with Brian Dykstra (Brian O'Regan); Michael Gaston (Jim Dwyer); Dustyn Gulledge (Dino Tortorici); Andrew Hovelson (Reporter); Deirdre Lovejoy (Louise Imerman/Debby Krenek); Danny Mastrogiorgio (Bob Drury/John Miller) andStephen Tyrone Williams (Abner Louima). The production also features Paula Jon De Rose, Joe Forbrich, Thomas Michael Hammond and Marc Damon Johnson.