Tom Hanks and "Lucky Guy’ Tony Frontrunners By David Sheward
Tom Hanks can move his two Oscars to the side of the mantelpiece to make room for the Best Actor in a Play Tony he’s bound to win for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy which opened this week. His closest competition is probably Nathan Lane in The Nance and Tracey Letts in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Lane already has two Tonys (for Forum and The Producers) while Letts’ show closed months ago. Hanks gives a terrific performance as the gritty tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. He gets to swear, cry, deal with cancer, get high on booze and morphine, feel guilty for causing a corrupt cop to commit suicide, and deliver a big emotional wrap-up speech at the end. It’s got Tony-bait written all over it.
I’ll probably be voting for Letts whose challenge was greater having to justify the sadomasochistic behavior of George in a play usually dominated by whoever plays Martha.
Lucky itself is a bit of jumble, but it will make great television to have playwright Nora Ephron honored posthumously. So far, The Other Place is its only competition. Grace and Dead Accounts shuttered long ago and Breakfast at Tiffany’s got a lukewarm reception. The Nance and The Assembled Parties have yet to open, but I doubt they’ll be able to tackle Lucky Guy.