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Tom Hanks to make his Broadway debut next year

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring.

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Producers of Nora Ephron's play "Lucky Guy" announced Thursday that Hanks will play Mike McAlary in the stage biography. Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, had been in negotiations for the role when Ephron died last summer.

Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and an opening night is set for April 1.

McAlary, the city's onetime dominant tabloid reporter, got the first interview with Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized and beaten by white police officers at a station house in 1997. McAlary would win the Pulitzer Prize the next year but would die of cancer a few months later at age 41.

The director of "Lucky Guy" will be George C. Wolfe.

In June, lead producer Colin Callender said his team could "think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work" than to proceed with plans to produce Ephron's play.

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Hanks is the star of such films as "Splash," "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Apollo 13" and "Saving Private Ryan."

Ephron, who died June 26 at age 71, gained recognition as the writer of such films as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," both starring Hanks.

McAlary, who worked at the New York Daily News and The New York Post, has already been the subject of a play: Dan Klores' "The Wood," which opened off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre last year. He was said to be the inspiration for the character played by Randy Quaid in Ron Howard's "The Paper."

Oct 11, 2012 11:56AM
Tom Hanks was not in When Harry Met Sally. That would be Billy Crystal.
Oct 11, 2012 12:59PM
Tom Hanks was NOT in "When Harry Met Sally" as is stated above.
Oct 12, 2012 8:40AM
It was "You've Got Mail" not "When Harry Met Sally"
Oct 11, 2012 12:57PM
Whoopee do.  so what.  who really cares???
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