Tom Hanks made his Broadway debut earlier this year in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy,” and now the actor is in talks to take the play to the West End.
The Daily Mail reports that talks are ongoing, and that if the show does play in London, it won’t happen until late spring 2014. But the paper also specifies that “it’s a big if,” referring to “if” the transfer will happen. If it does, it will be a limited engagement similar to the New York production.
The Broadway version officially opened April 1, and was recently extended for 16 additional performances through July 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. It is also reported that the play already recouped its $3.6 million capitalization.
If all that weren’t enough, the show has been nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Tom Hanks. Other nominations include Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Lighting Design of a Play.
Press notes describe the production as “a new play about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. From his sensational reporting of New York’s major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, the play dramatizes the story of McAlary’s meteoric rise, fall and rise again, ending with his coverage of the Abner Louima case for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998.”
Ephron is best known as a Academy Award-winning screenwriter, winning the Oscar for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Silkwood.” Hanks starred in “Sleepless in Seattle.”