April 1, 2013
Tabloid columnist Mike McAlary rose to national attention in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s for his sensational articles and columns about corrupt law enforcement in New York City. Lucky Guy dramatizes the ups and downs of McAlary’s life and career, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Abner Louima case, his near fatal car crash and his battle with colon cancer.
Lucky Guy is based on the true story of tabloid reporter Mike McAlary.
Lucky Guy marks the final finished work by playwright Nora Ephron, who first worked on a story about Mike McAlary in 1999. In 2008, Ephron began revising her film script as a play; in 2011, she enlisted director George C. Wolfe, and in January 2012, five months before her death, Tom Hanks came aboard for a workshop reading of Lucky Guy.
Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger and William Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Scott and Brian Zeilinger, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and The Shubert Organization
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Play
—Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Ephron originally conceived Lucky Guy as an HBO film, but the format failed to work because of the script’s frequent use of characters breaking the fourth wall to address to audience.