Wednesday, 20 February 2013

STAGE NOTES: Tom Hanks set to make Broadway debut + Les Mis returning to the boards in 2014

“There’s no other way to win over people than by telling a compelling story,” says actor Tom Hanks, speaking to the New York Times about gearing up to make his long-awaited Broadway debut in Lucky Guy. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the play was the last penned stage work by the late screenwriter-playwright-director Nora Ephron, with whom Hanks collaborated on such well-known films as Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail

Telling the story of Mike McAlary, the legendary New York City pop reporter, Lucky Guy is set in the 1980s and ’90s. “There’s nothing like doing a show, and it’s as much fun as it has ever been,” says Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner. “With this play, Nora has captured that lightning in a bottle feel that is based on her first-hand experience, as well.” The play begins previews at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York on March 1, and is set to open a few weeks later. 

And speaking of coming attractions, Les Misérables (currently enjoying its status as a multiple Oscar-nominated blockbuster) is returning to its Broadway roots in 2014. “What we’re counting on is that people who loved the movie will now really want to see Les Misérables on stage,” explains Cameron Mackintosh, the veteran producer of hits like Cats and the long-running Phantom of the Opera, “and people who loved the original musical were swept up by the film and say, ‘I can’t wait for another chance to see it onstage again.’” Les Mis was last revived on stage in New York in 2006.

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