by Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
It's official: Tom Hanks has signed on to make his Broadway debut next spring, in a new play by the late Nora Ephron.
In Lucky Guy, set to begin a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 1, the two-time Oscar winner will play Mike McAlary, a New York tabloid columnist who covered crime and police corruption, winning the Pulitzer Prize shortly he died in 1998, at only 41, of colon cancer.
A press release for the production describes the play as "a return to (Ephron's) journalistic roots," documenting "the scandal-and-graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s," as told through "the charismatic and controversial" McAlary's story.
There had been buzz about Hanks' potential involvement when Ephron died in June. Lucky Guy will be her second play produced on Broadway, after 2002's Imaginary Friends. It will be directed by theater veteran George C. Wolfe, whose many credits include Angels In America and last year's Broadway production of The Normal Heart.