'Lucky Guy' Recoups on Broadway

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Playing to capacity houses since the start of previews, the late Nora Ephron's posthumously produced play starring Tom Hanks shifts into profit after only eight weeks.

NEW YORK -- That title isn't wrong. In what is turning into a truly fortunate week for Lucky Guy, producers have announced that the late Nora Ephron's play has recouped its initial capitalization of $3.6 million, only two days after picking up six Tony nominations.

Digging into her early journalism roots, Ephron's final work is an affectionate chronicle of the New York tabloid wars of the 1980s and of the rise, fall and redemption of scrappy crime-beat columnist Mike McAlary. On Tuesday, it was nominated for best play, leading actor Tom Hanks, featured actor Courtney B. Vance and director George C. Wolfe as well as for set and lighting design.

The well-reviewed production officially opened April 1 after a month of previews. Playing to packed houses since the start, it has grossed more than $1 million a week since its first full week of performances, with total box office of $10.7 million to date. The limited run recently was extended by an additional 16 performances through July 3.

Few Broadway shows manage to make back their investment in such swift time. But the potent combination of Hanks making his Broadway debut, Ephron and a quintessentially New York story has made this one of the season's must-have tickets.

Lead producers on the play are Colin Callender, Roy Furman and Arielle Tepper Madover. In addition to Hanks and Vance, the production also stars Maura Tierney, Christopher McDonald, Peter Gerety, Peter Scolari and Richard Masur.