Apollo 13. Forrest Gump. You’ve Got Mail. Sleepless in Seattle. Saving Private Ryan. The Da Vinci Code. Green Mile. Toy Story. The Polar Express. Cast Away. A League of Their Own. Seriously, Tom Hanks can do no wrong when it comes to acting and films. We’d had this show scheduled on the calendar for months, so we were incredibly excited when March 16th rolled around and we got to go see Tom Hanks’ Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s play, Lucky Guy.
“Lucky Guy is a new play 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. From his sensational reporting of New York’s major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, the play dramatizes the story of McAlary’s meteoric rise, fall and rise again, ending with his coverage of the Abner Louima case for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998.”
Neither Tom Hanks nor the play disappointed. Hanks portrayed a fascinating figure, whose life was all the more interesting to us, after having lived in New York and learned about the news and media world of this city we call home.
After the show, our exit door emptied right into the street next to the door where the actors came out of the theater. So of course we waited for about 30 minutes as actors came out one by one, until Tom Hanks made his exit into the black SUV waiting for him. But, he didn’t hop into his car before signing several playbills (including ours!) and shaking hands with a few of the hundreds of fans who lined the street trying to get a glimpse of him. Brilliant actor, and friendly man. A date night we won’t soon forget!