PLAYBILL THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Dec. 8-14: Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari Are Broadway Bosom Buddies

By Robert Simonson
14 Dec 2012

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, who rose to notice as the co-stars of the sitcom "Bosom Buddies," will be reunited in Nora Ephron's new Broadway play Lucky Guy.

The play, due to begin previews at the Broadhurst on March 1, 2013, stars Hanks as famous tabloid reporter Mike McAlary. Scolari will play fellow journo Michael Daly.

Also in the cast are Richard Masur as editor Jerry Nachman, Christopher McDonald as notorious New York lawyer Eddie Hayes, Peter Gerety as editor John Cotter, Michael Gaston as columnist Jim Dwyer, Deirdre Lovejoy as reporter Louise Imerman and editor Debbie Krenek, Danny Mastrogiorgio as reporter Bob Drury and Stephen Tyrone Williams as Abner Louima.



Ephron herself began as a journalist, and doubtless had some skill in knowing how to sketch practitioners of her former trade—something that escapes most playwrights, who typically portray reporters with a combination of naivete and contempt. Very likely, newspaper critics reviewing the show will have a sharp eye out for how closely she nails their profession.

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More casting! Otherworldly character actor Christopher Lloyd, whose most normal creation in 40 years of acting may have been the drug-addled Reverend Jim in "Taxi," will star as the writer-judge Azdak in Classic Stage Company's new production of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The spring 2013 production, directed by Brian Kulick, will have music by Duncan Sheik.

The Off-Broadway run begins May 2.

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Producer Cameron Mackintosh finds endless ways to recycle his signature mega-musicals of the 1980s.

Just as the new film version of Les Miserables is beginning to rack up movie award nominations, news comes that plans are afoot to mount a brand-new West End production of Miss Saigon.

Nick Allott, managing director for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.'s London headquarters, confirmed to Playbill.com that Mackintosh would "very much like to restage the show when the right theatre becomes available and the creative team have space in their schedule."

According to a feature in the Philippine Star, preliminary auditions have already been held in Manila. Mackintosh told the paper in an interview, "I'm going to restage Miss Saigon in London as soon as I find the theatre. In fact, yes, you're right — we have started preliminary auditions. When we did the show in London 25 years ago, we spent over a year looking for the cast. I hope that in the next 18 months it would be back in London. The new version has just opened here in Japan and it's a phenomenal success. It's going to be a different production but still the same great Miss Saigon."

Biggest theatre scoop from the Philippine Star since….well, big scoop!