NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tom Hanks will make his debut on Broadway with an old buddy – his former “Bosom Buddies” co-star Peter Scolari.
Producers revealed Wednesday the rest of the cast appearing with Hanks in Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy,” which begins previews March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St.
In addition to Scolari, the cast includes Christopher McDonald, Peter Gerety and Michael Gaston.
Hanks will play Mike McAlary, the renowned reporter columnist for Newsday and later the New York Daily News. McAlary, who died in 1998, won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing that Haitian immigrant Abner Louima had been sodomized by police officers while in custody in the year before.
“Lucky Guy” spans the time period from 1985 through 1998, when the tabloid news business was at its peak.
As described by the notice for the play: “The city had become polarized between rich and poor, black and white, criminals and cops. The crack epidemic was beginning, the murder rate was at an all-time high. The city was loud, messy, chaotic and dangerous. The perfect place for a young and hungry reporter to become a star.”
The late Ephron directed Hanks’ 1993 blockbuster “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Hanks and Scolari starred together in the sitcom “Bosom Buddies,” which aired from 1980 to 1982 on ABC and in reruns during the summer of 1984 on NBC. The sitcom depicted male roommates posing as women to gain entry to a budget-priced apartment building which admitted only female residents.
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