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"Lucky Guy" by Nora Ephron

By January 6, 2013

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How haunting is it that Nora Ephron's posthumously produced play focuses on the life of another writer who also died far too soon?

Haunting yet poignant. Lucky Guy is the biographic tale of Mike McAlary, a New York journalist known for his often controversial, often award winning stories about gang violence and police corruption. Mike McAlary died on colon cancer at the early age of 41. Playwright/director/screenwriter Nora Ephron passed away last June at the early age of 71. (Normally, I wouldn't think of 71 as young, but to me Ms. Nora was never a day over 39!)

Lucky Guy isn't the first dramatic interpretation of McAlary's life. In 2011, a play called "The Wood," written by Dan Klores, also explores the turbulent life and career of the famed journalist. So, why is Lucky Guy debuting on Broadway instead of a smaller venue? One reason is Ms. Epron. But another reason is that Tom Hanks is making his Broadway debut! Hanks worked on several cinematic projects with Ephron, including two of my favorite romantic comedies: When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Those of you lucky enough to be in New York this spring can see Lucky Guy. To learn more about the show, check out this Arts Beat article.


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