LUCKY GUY Box Office Opens Tomorrow, Jan 25
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by BWW News Desk
The Broadhurst Theatre box office opens tomorrow, Friday, January 25 at 10:00 AM for Lucky Guy, starring two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, in the final work by three-time Academy Award-nominee Nora Ephron and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 West 44th Street. The production will play a strictly limited engagement. Opening night is Monday, April 1. Previews begin Friday, March 1.
"It's 1985. New York City is totally polarized. Rich, poor. Black, white. The crack epidemic is just beginning. The murder rate is rising. It was a grand and glorious time to be in the tabloid business." - from Lucky Guy
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.
Also starring will be Maura Tierney as Alice McAlary; Christopher McDonald as lawyer Eddie Hayes; Peter Gerety as editor John Cotter; Courtney B. Vance as editor Hap Hairston; Peter Scolari as columnist Michael Daly and Richard Masur as editors Jerry Nachman and Stanley Joyce; with Brian Dykstra as policeman Brian O'Regan; Michael Gaston as columnist Jim Dwyer; Dustyn Gulledge as Dino Tortoricci; Deirdre Lovejoy as reporter Louise Imerman and editor Debby Krenek; Danny Mastrogiorgio as reporter Bob Drury and Stephen Tyrone Williams as Abner Louima. The production also features Paula Jon De Rose, Joe Forbrich, Thomas Michael Hammond, Andrew Hovelson and Marc Damon Johnson.
The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, sound design by Scott Lehrer and lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer. Projection design is by batwin + robin productions. Casting is by Jordan Thaler/Heidi Griffiths. Technical supervisor is Peter Fulbright. Production stage manager is Jane Grey. General manager is 101 Productions.
LUCKY GUY will be produced on Broadway by Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger & William Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole & Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and The Shubert Organization.
Tickets are available online at Telecharge.com and by calling 212-239-6200.
Tom Hanks (Mike McAlary) made his professional stage debut portraying Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH. He performed in that company for three seasons. Moving to New York City in 1978, he performed with the Riverside Shakespeare Company. His numerous film credits include Splash, Forrest Gump (for which he won an Oscar), Philadelphia (for which he also won an Oscar), Sleepless in Seattle, That Thing You Do! (which he also wrote and directed), Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Charlie Wilson's War and Cloud Atlas. For television, his credits include the multiple award winning series "From the Earth to the Moon," "Band of Brothers," "John Adams," "The Pacific" and "Game Change".
Maura Tierney (Alice McAlary) will make her Broadway debut in Lucky Guy. Her theatre credits include Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) at the Lucille Lortel Theater, opposite Eric McCormack, Fran Drescher, Judy Reyes and Brooke Smith, Nicky Silver's Three Changes with Dylan McDermott, The Wooster Group's North Atlantic with Frances McDormand and Yasmina Reza's award winning God of Carnage at the prestigious Gate Theater in Dublin. Her television performances include her Emmy-nominated role on NBC's "ER," on which she starred for eight seasons, the critically acclaimed NBC series "Newsradio," in which she starred for four seasons, "Rescue Me" as the love interest of Dennis Leary's character and CBS's "The Good Wife," in which she plays the recurring role of Maddie. Film: Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Semi-Pro opposite Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson, Diggers, Welcome to Mooseport, Instinct, Primary Colors, Liar Liar, Insomnia, Primal Fear, Scotland PA. Born and raised in Boston, she currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.
Christopher McDonald (Eddie Hayes) has previously appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Other theatre credits include Nightclub Cantina, Hay Fever, Bounders and The Los Angeles Theatre Center's productions of Hamlet, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He is also the recipient of a Drama-logue Award for Best Actor for Final Touches. He first caught Hollywood's attention when he played Goose McKenzie in Grease 2. Beloved for his comedic roles as Mr. Stifler in American Pie and Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, he also made a mark with memorable performances in Thelma and Louise and Quiz Show. Other film roles include: The Boys Next Door, Outrageous Fortune, Chances Are, Dutch, Wild Orchids 2, Grumpy Old Men, Fatal Instinct, Terminal Velocity, Cover Story, Rich Man's Wife, Leave it to Beaver, Flubber, The Iron Giant, The Perfect Storm, Spy Kids: 2, Grind, Takedown, Rumor Has It, Kickin' It Old Skool, Mad Money, Superhero Movie, Fanboys, House Bunny, among others. TV: HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" as Harry Daugherty, "Harry's Law," "Family Law," "Veronica's Closet," "North Shore," "Cracking Up," "The Sopranos," "The Bronx is Burning," "61," "SGU Stargate Universe," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order," "My Boys" and "Psych." His voice work includes a recurring role in Disney Channel's "Kim Possible." McDonald currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Lupe, son and three daughters.
Peter Gerety (John Cotter) Film credits include: Flight, Get the Gringo, The Sea is All I Know, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Public Enemies, The Changeling, Leatherheads, Charlie Wilson's War, Inside Man, Syriana, War of the Worlds, K-Pax, People I Know, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Mrs. Winterborne, Surviving Picasso, Hollywood Ending and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Upcoming: Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight. Television credits include "The Good Wife," "Rubicon," "Prime Suspect," "Brothers and Sisters," HBO's "The Wire," "Brotherhood" and "Homicide." Broadway credits include Martin McDonaugh's The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, Never Gonna Dance, Pinter's The Hothouse and Conversations with My Father. Off-Broadway: Butcher in Susan Lori Park's Fucking A, Fluellan in Henry V at NY's Shakespeare in the Park, Othello and Brecht's Baal. Peter worked predominantly on stage for over 30 years, performing in 100 productions with the legendary Trinity Repertory of Providence, R.I. (Adrian Hall, dir.). He has also performed with the Seattle Rep., the Dallas Theater Center, ART in Cambridge, the Huntington in Boston and in Edinburgh, Scotland; Madrid, Spain; Bombay, Calcutta and Damascus, Syria.
Courtney B. Vance (Hap Hairston) is so pleased to be back on Broadway and working with giants George C. Wolfe, Tom Hanks and the late, great Nora Ephron. Her spirit lives!!!! Courtney was honored with a Tony Award nomination, the Theater World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for his Broadway debut performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, starring James Earl Jones and directed by the late Lloyd Richards. Courtney also starred in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation with the luminous Stockard Channing, directed by Jerry Zaks, for which he received his second Tony Award nomination. He was also the recipient of an Obie Award for his work in Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! At The Public Theater, Courtney also starred in Vaclav Havel's Temptation with David Strathairn and Romeo & Juliet, in which he played Mercutio. He and his wife returned to the stage at Minneapolis' renowned Guthrie Theater to star in John Guare's U.S. premiere of the stage adaptation of His Girl Friday and The Front Page.
Peter Scolari (Michael Daly) TV: Emmy Award winner for "Newhart"; also "Bosom Buddies," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "The West Wing," "ER," "Family Ties," "King of Queens," "The Nanny," "Reba," "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" (Showtime), recurring role as Lena Durham's father on HBO's series "Girls". Film: The Polar Express, That Thing You Do, Camp Nowhere, A Plumm Summer. Broadway/NY: Magic/Bird, Hairspray, Sly Fox, Out of this World and Ziegfeld Follies of 1937 (City Center Encores!). World premieres of Daniel Sullivan's Inspecting Carol and Ken Ludwig's Fox on the Fairway. Winner, Berkshire Theatre Festival Best Actor Award for The Foreigner.
Richard Masur (Jerry Nachman/Stanley Joyce) has been well-known to film and television audiences for over 35 years. Film: more than 50 feature films, including Risky Business, My Girl, Heaven's Gate, Heartburn, Under Fire, Todd Solondz' Palindromes. TV: 45 television films, three of which-"Adam," "Fallen Angel" and "When The Bough Breaks"-are among the top-ten rated TV movies of all time; Emmy nomination for "The Burning Bed"; HBO's much-heralded "And The Band Played On"; Showtime's "Hiroshima," HBO's "61*". He has starred in numerous popular TV series, including "Picket Fences," "Rhoda" and "One Day at a Time," and guest starred on countless TV comedy and drama series. Broadway: David Storey's The Changing Room, Michael Frayn's Democracy. Off-Broadway: The Exonerated (Culture Project), Sarah, Sarah (MTC), The Ruby Sunrise (Public), a feminine ending (Playwrights), 2000 Years (New Group), Make Me (Atlantic), The Oldsmobile's (Flea), Fetch Clay, Make Man, Will Power (McCarter), Olive and the Bitter Herbs (Primary Stages). Past National President of Screen Actors Guild. Direction: Wrote and directed Love Struck (Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film); Torn Between Two Fathers (nomination for DGA Award); episodes of TV's "The Wonder Years" and "Picket Fences"; several productions for LA Theater Works/The Play's the Thing, including: After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, by Arthur Miller and the Steppenwolf production of The Grapes of Wrath. He is married to actress and former NY Screen Actors Guild President Eileen Henry.
Brian Dykstra (Brian O'Regan) Recent: Rothko (Red), Walter (The Price), Trigorin (Seagull), Elyot (Private Lives), Claudius (Hamlet), Heisenberg (Copenhagen), Eddie Carbon (View from the Bridge). Solo shows: Selling Out, The Jesus Factor, Cornered & Alone, Ho. Film/TV: HBO "Def Poetry," "Chappelle's Show" (Premiere), Knight & Day, Freedomland, "Third Watch," "Law & Order".
Michael Gaston (Jim Dwyer) Theatre: Broadway: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Regional and Off-Broadway: Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Henry V, Cripple of Inishmaan (New York Shakespeare Festival), Music from a Sparkling Planet (The Drama Department), Arms and the Man, The Lake House, Landscape of the Body (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Candide (Classic Stage Company), Enemy of the People (Long Wharf), Richard III, Othello, Fuente Ovejuna (Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger), Fifty Ways (Chautauqua Theatre Festival), National Broadway tour of Lost in Yonkers. Film: Big Miracle, W, Inception, Body of Lies, Sugar, Double Jeopardy, Hackers, High Crimes, Stay, The Notorious Betty Page, Far From Heaven, Copland, Thirteen Days, The Crucible, The Wedding Banquet. TV: Series regular on "Unforgettable," "Jericho," "Blind Justice". Recurring roles on "Mad Men," "The Americans," "Last Resort," "The Mentalist," "Terries," "Rubicon," "24," "Damages," "Raising the Bar," "Fringe," "Prison Break," "Ed," "Deadline," "Profiler" and a guest star on about fifty other shows including seven episodes of the "Law & Order" franchise.
Dustyn Gulledge (Dino Tortoricci) Originally from Austin, TX, Dustyn recently earned an M.F.A from MXAT/A.R.T. at Harvard University and is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in the original production of Lucky Guy. Other regional credits include Charlie in The Foreigner and Amiens in As You Like It. Dustyn would like to extend love and gratitude to his closest friends, family, and especially his mother for continuing to believe in him even in moments when he didn't believe in himself. Carpe Diem.
Deirdre Lovejoy (Louise Imerman/Debby Krenek) just concluded the World Premiere production of James Still's The House That Jack Built at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (also First National Tour), Getting and Spending, The Gathering. Off-Broadway: Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, (Original NY production & Arena Stage), Midsummer Night's Dream, Machinal (Public Theatre), Henry IV (Delacorte, directed by Joseph Papp), The Vineyard, Primary Stages, to name a few. Regional: Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, The Sisters Rosensweig (Old Globe), Heartbreak House (Huntington), Noises Off (Westport), etc. The New Harmony Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NY Stage & Film. TV: Five seasons as Rhonda Pearlman on HBO's critically acclaimed series "The Wire". Hundreds of television appearances include: "Bones" (The Gravedigger), "Private Practice," "Body of Proof," "Brothers & Sisters," "The Closer," "Medium," "Criminal Minds," "The West Wing," "Law & Order" (ALL), "Cold Case," "Nip/Tuck". Films include Step Up, Bad Teacher, The Stepfather. BFA: University of Evansville. MFA:NYU. Follow on Twitter @ddlovejoy. Visit DeirdreLovejoy.com.
Danny Mastrogiorgio (Bob Drury) Broadway: Golden Boy, Contact (LCT), Wait Until Dark, A Steady Rain. Off-Broadway: Stunning (LCT3), Burning (The New Group); The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick); 10 High, Safe (EST); Roadkill Confidential (Clubbed Thumb); Sailors Song (LAByrinth); Wintertime (Second Stage); Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (National Actors); Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF); A.T.O.Y.D (The Utility Players). Regional: McCarter, Denver Center, Long Wharf, City Theater Pittsburgh, Old Globe, St. Louis Rep, KC Rep. Film includes: One for the Money, Fighting, Beware the Gonzo, Backseat, Sleepers, Enchanted, The Producers (the musical), BlackBird, Dead Broke. TV includes: "Blue Bloods,"
Stephen Tyrone Williams (Abner Louima) is proud to make his Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Harper Regan (Atlantic Theater Company); My Children! My Africa! (Signature Theatre Company); Thomas Bradshaw's Burning (New Group); and Adam Rapp's Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick.); Regional: Gem of the Ocean (Hartford Stage) and Fences (Seattle Repertory/Syracuse Stage - SALT nom.); Ruined (Intiman/Geffen); The Laramie Project (Gallery Players); Topdog/Underdog (Actors Theatre of Louisville); and Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Select Film & TV: "Children of God" (Showtime); "Unforgettable" (CBS); Restless City (Sundance 2011); Greetings from Tim Buckley and David Mamet's "Phil Spector" with Al Pacino (HBO). B.A. University of Alabama. www.stephentyrone.com
Paula Jon DeRose (u.s. Alice McAlary, Louise Imerman/Debby Krenek) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in Lucky Guy. Paula has studied at Atlantic Theater Company and earned her MFA in acting from Brooklyn College. She has most recently appeared in Scapino at Shadow Lawn Stage and in Law and Order SVU.
Joe Forbrich (u.s. Eddie Hayes, Boh Drury) Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure and All's Well that Ends Well; The Public Theater: Stuff Happens; Theatre for a New Audience: Measure for Measure; The Duke on 42nd Street: Rose Rage; The Barrow Group: Who You See Here; Second Stage: A Soldier's Play; Regional: Chicago Shakespeare: Rose Rage; Steppenwolf: Morningstar, Wendall Greene; The Goodman: Blue Surge. Television and Film: Recurring as Det. Joe Cormack on "Law and Order"; recurring on "Blue Bloods"; recurring on "30 Rock"; guest star on "White Collar," guest star on "Past Life".
Thomas Michael Hammond (u.s. Mike McAlary, Jim Dwyer, Michael Daly) Broadway: Death of a Salesman, Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo). Selected Off-Broadway: Dr. Knock (Mint), Brutus, Horatio, Cymbeline (TFANA), Will Shakespeare in Swansong. Regional: Henry Higgins, Nathan Detroit, Rabbit Hole, Pericles, Macbeth, Duke in Measure for Measure, Berowne. Selected TV: "Blue Bloods," "Law and Order," "American Masters".
Marc Damon Johnson (u.s. Hap Hairston, Abner Louima) is honored to be a part of the Lucky Guy team. Selected credits include The Brother/Sister Plays at The Public Theater (Obie Award/Drama League nom.), The Brothers Size at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin; Mr. Fox: A Rumination at Signature Theatre (Drama League Nomination); Measure for Measure (NYSF); Two Gentlemen Of Verona (NYSF); Yale Rep; Arena Stage; McCarter Theater; Berkeley Repertory Theater; Kennedy Center; La Jolla Playhouse; Long Wharf Theater; Cincinnati Playhouse; Cleveland Playhouse; Great Lakes Theater Festival. TV: "Army Wives" (recurring); "Rescue Me"; "The Sopranos"; "Law & Order"; "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"; "Third Watch"; "100 Centre Street". Film: Preaching to the Choir (dir. Charles Randolph-Wright); It Runs in the Family (dir. Fred Schepisi); Grace & Glorie (dir: Arthur A. Seidelman); Sweet and Lowdown (dir. Woody Allen).
Nora Ephron (Playwright) (1941-2012) After becoming one of the industry's most respected screenwriters, Nora Ephron turned to directing in 1992 with her first feature, 20th Century Fox's This is My Life starring Julie Kavner. She followed it in 1993 with her second picture, TriStar's Sleepless in Seattle starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, which grossed over $200 million worldwide, followed by Mixed Nuts starring Steve Martin, and then Michael, starring John Travolta, William Hurt and Andie McDowell. Nora teamed Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan again for the 1998 released You've Got Mail. In 2000, Nora directed Lucky Numbers, starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow. Nora's first Broadway play, Imaginary Friends, was produced on Broadway in December 2002 and starred Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz. Nora then co-wrote and directed the film Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, released in June of 2005. Her last film was the 2008 released Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Nora Ephron received three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay: for Sleepless in Seattle (with David Ward and Jeff Arch), for Rob Reiner's hit comedy When Harry Met Sally... and for Mike Nichols' Silkwood (co-written with Alice Arlen). Nora began screen writing after years as one of the country's best known journalists. She started as a newspaper reporter for the New York Post and then became a magazine writer for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine, among others. Two collections of her essays, Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble are bestsellers and her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, reached number one on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Nora's collection of essays, I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, was published in 2010 and was also a national bestseller.
George C. Wolfe (Director) Theatre directing credits include The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award), Jelly's Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award), Angels In America-Millennium Approaches (Tony and Drama Desk Award) and Perestroika, (Drama Desk Award), Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk (Tony and Drama League Awards), Topdog/Underdog (Obie Award), Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Drama Desk Award), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Tony Award, Unique Theatrical Event), The Tempest, The Wild Party, Caroline Or Change and A Free Man Of Color. He is the writer of the award-winning The Colored Museum, directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the world famous Apollo Theatre and conceived/directed a celebration of the American Musical at the White House. Mr. Wolfe directed the film Lackawanna Blues, for which he earned The Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit Nomination for Best First Feature, a Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. He also directed the film Nights In Rodanthe. From 1993-2005 he was the Producer of The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. He serves on The President's Committee For The Arts and The Humanities and was named a living landmark by the New York Landmark's Conservancy. Additional awards include Actors Equity Paul Roberson Award, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Calloway Award, The Dramatist Guild's Hull-Warner Award, The New Dramatist Outstanding Career Achievement Award, The NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, The Lambda Liberty Award, The Spirit of the City Award, The Brendan Gil Prize, The Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, A Princess Grace Award for fostering the careers of young artists, A Cultural Laureate Award and A Library Lion.
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