By Deborah Vankin
10:50 AM EST, January 8, 2013
Tom Hanks is one lucky guy.
Maura Tierney -- a.k.a. Dr. Abby Lockhart from NBC’s "ER" -- will make her Broadway debut this spring in Nora Ephron’s final play, "Lucky Guy." Tierney will play the wife of Hanks, who will star in the drama about Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Mike McAlary, the play’s producers said on Monday.
Tierney, 47, may be new to Broadway, but the Emmy Award-nominated actress has logged many hours acting onstage. She appeared in the Wooster Group’s revival of the satire “North Atlantic” in 2010 (which played at Los Angeles' REDCAT). In 2008, she appeared in Nicky Silver’s “Three Changes” at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway.
More recently, Tierney starred in the revival of Jon Robin Baitz's play "Three Hotels" in 2011 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.
On the small screen, Tierney -- who successfully battled breast cancer in 2009 -- is known for her roles in TV shows such as "Newsradio” and "The Good Wife." She’s also appeared in a host of films including 1997’s “Liar Liar” with Jim Carrey; 2002’s “Insomnia” opposite Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank; and “Baby Mama,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 2008.
The cast of “Lucky Guy” also includes Peter Scolari, who costarred with Hanks in "Bosom Buddies," as well as Peter Gerety, Christopher McDonald and Michael Gaston.
“Lucky Guy” will begin previews at the Broadhurst Theater on March 1. Opening night is set for April 1.
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