According to a New York Post report, Hanks teared up after the play, while receiving a standing ovation. He told the publication that he had wanted to take a bow with the show’s writer, Nora Ephron, who died last year after a battle with leukemia. From the Post:
Of the emotional curtain call, Hanks told us, “That was a tough moment. We were going to do this, and Nora and [show director] George C. Wolfe were going to walk out onstage. I miss her. What more can you say?”
Hanks and Ephron, apart from being personal friends, have a long history of working together in Hollywood. Ephron wrote and directed the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, and followed that up with 1998’s You’ve Got Mail.
As for Lucky Guy, the show is getting mixed reviews as a play, though some critics have praised Ephron’s writing.