The hottest ticket on Broadway this spring is Lucky Guy, which stars Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. The play is also hotly anticipated because it was written by the late great writer and director Nora Ephron.
Tickets just became harder to score with the announcement that Courtney B. Vance and Maura Tierney (nominated for an Emmy for ER; also starred in Newsradio, Rescue Me and The Good Wife) have joined the cast.
I saw Vance in August Wilson’s Fences, the last time he appeared on Broadway 20 years ago, and he was fantastic. Tierney is making her Broadway debut. Two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe will direct.
Lucky Guy is set in 1985 New York City, when rich, poor, black and white were totally polarized. The crack epidemic was just beginning, the murder rate was rising, and it was the best time to be in the tabloid business.
Hanks plays the charismatic and controversial columnist Mike McAlary, and Tierney plays his wife Alice.
The play will have a limited run at the Broadhurst Theater on West 44th Street. Previews begin March 1, and Lucky Guy will open April 1. No discount tickets are available for this production.