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Courtney B. Vance Keeps Us Updated With Broadway Return

The last time Courtney B Vance set foot in a Broadway theatre was probably to see his wife Angela Bassett in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. However, its been 22 years since the man himself has been on a Broadway stage as an actor. His talent having garnered two Tony nominations for his work in Six Degrees of Separation (1991) and Fences (1987) Vance is welcomed to the cast of Lucky Guy which will star Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut and be directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe (The Colored Musuem) Vance will play opposite of Hanks as Mr. McAlary’s editor, Hap Hairston. Mike McAlary is to be played by Hanks

Lucky Guy is a new play about the scandal – and graffiti – ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. 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.

Previews start March 1st 2013 with opening night on April 1st 2013

We think Courtney B. Vance is just as excited as us about his return to the stage in Lucky Guy alongside Tom Hanks and a Broadway Black favorite, Stephen Tyrone Williams. It’s actually really interesting to see Vance talk into his camera phone as he updates the fans and viewers on the process for that day in less than 60 seconds. His consistent news ‘this just in’ type musical opening makes us laugh every time but we look forward to his inside perspective of the process. You can watch a couple of this clips below.

Message to Courtney: Take care of that knee!

UPDATE: Watch the full journey here:

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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