THE STORY: LUCKY GUY marks a return to Nora Ephron’s journalistic roots. The charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary covered the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s. 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.
“LUCKY GUY is both an elegy and a valentine to a vanishing world held dear in the collective imagination of New Yorkers. It has the heart and energy of the perpetually engaged, insatiably curious observer that Ephron never ceased to be.” —NY Times. “LUCKY GUY grabs you by the throat, makes you laugh and cry, holds you transfixed for two hours, paralyzes you with excitement from start to finish, and leaves you cheering! It sizzles and holds your heart captive at the same time.” —NY Observer. “A triumph by Nora Ephron…Ephron writes about journalism with an insider’s devastating combination of repulsion and affection. A play about journalism that is as rich and rough and elegiac and fun as the lost world it re-creates. A miracle!” —NY Magazine. “With her final project, we get to fall in love with Nora Ephron one last time.” —Elle.