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Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - 01:17

Apr. 2 - In his first performance on Broadway, Tom Hanks performs in Nora Ephron's final play, ''Lucky Guy'' with Tony-winning director George C. Wolf. Rollo Ross reports

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After over 30 years starring in Hollywood movies, Tom Hanks has made his Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy" but it is a debut with a difference. The play, which tells the real life story of the rise and fall of Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Mike McAlary, was the last script to be written by Nora Ephron. She directed Hanks in such smash hits as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" but died last June from leukemia. The opening night was a typically glitzy Broadway affair with prominent New York faces turning up alongside Hanks' family. For his wife, Rita Wilson, it was going to be a bittersweet occasion. SOUNDBITE Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks' wife, saying (English): "Tonight I'm going to be basking in the words of Nora Ephron that my husband gets to say. It's a way to bring her here and have her by with us one more night. We all miss her very, very much and I think Tom's extraordinary in the play so I'm excited to see him. And I'm excited for him to having opening night on Broadway. What could be more exciting." Hanks and his co-stars paid tribute to the late writer director at the end of the play, which has received warm reviews from critics about both Ephron's storytelling and Hanks' performance.

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Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - 01:17