Stage veteran Christopher McDonald ’77 will star as lawyer Eddie Hayes in the new Broadway play, “Lucky Guy.” Marking the Broadway debut of Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, the play was written by the late Nora Ephron, and never before been produced on stage. According to an article in “Theatermania,” the story “follows the rise, fall, and rise of journalist Mike McAlary (Hanks), who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Abner Louima case shortly before his death in 1998.”
“Lucky Guy” is directed by George C. Wolfe and is the Broadway debut for Hanks. The cast also includes Maura Tierney, Peter Gerety, Courtney B. Vance, Peter Scolari and Richard Masur. The show will play a strictly limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre, opening April 1.
Described by the New York Times as one of the hardest working and most prolific actors in Hollywood, McDonald brings “legendary” characters to life with consistent acclaim. From “Thelma and Louise” to “Quiz Show” to “Happy Gilmore,” McDonald has worked opposite actors such as Adam Sandler, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton, and for directors like Ridley Scott, the Coen Brothers, Robert Redford, and Carl Reiner.
On television, McDonald has had starring roles on “Family Law,” “Veronica’s Closet” and “Cracking Up,” a recurring role in NBC’s legal drama “Harry’s Law,” and many single appearance roles. He also appeared in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and in “Stargate Universe.” He has more than 80 films to his credit and reprised his role as Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago” in 2008. He was winner of the 1982 Drama-Logue Best Actor Award.
At Hobart, McDonald played football, was goalie on Hobart’s varsity soccer team, was Song Master of the Kappa Alpha Society, and received his degree in English, cum laude. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the London Academy of Music and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York City.
The full article about “Lucky Guy” follows.
Christopher McDonald, Peter Scolari to Join Tom Hanks in Broadway’s Lucky Guy
Nora Ephron’s play about journalist Mike McAlary will boast Oscar winner heading 13-member cast.
Brian Scott Lipton • December 12, 2012
Aren’t they lucky!
Additional casting and creative team have been announced for the late Nora Ephron’s never-before-seen play Lucky Guy, starring two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe will direct the production, which will begin previews on March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre, before officially opening on April 1.
The work follows the rise, fall, and rise of journalist Mike McAlary (Hanks), who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Abner Louima case shortly before his death in 1998.
Also starring in the 13-member cast will be Christopher McDonald (Chicago) as lawyer Eddie Hayes, Peter Gerety (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as editor John Cotter, Peter Scolari (Sly Fox) as columnist Michael Daly, Michael Gaston (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg) as columnist Jim Dwyer, Dustyn Gulledge as Dino Tortoricci; Deirdre Lovejoy (The Gathering) as reporter Louise Imerman and editor Debbie Krenek, Danny Mastrogiorgio (Golden Boy) as reporter Bob Drury, Richard Masur (Democracy) as editor Jerry Nachman and editor Stanley Joyce, and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Harper Regan) as Abner Louima. More casting will be announced soon.
The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, sound design by Scott Lehrer, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, and projection design by batwin + robin productions.
Ephron, who died earlier this year, was the author of the stage plays Imaginary Friends and Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which she co-wrote with her sister, Delia. She and Hanks collaborated on the popular films Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Before becoming a successful essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and journalist.
Hanks made his stage debut with Cleveland’s Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, and performed in New York with the Riverside Shakespeare Company. He has won Academy Awards for his performances in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia, and his many other screen performances include Big, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away.
Wolfe won Tony Awards for his direction of Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. His many other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Angels in America: Perestroika, The Wild Party, Caroline, or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, and The Normal Heart.