Regina Weinreich: Tom Hanks Tears Up at the Theatre World Awards
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Courtney P. Vance couldn't get over it. He was presenting a Theatre World Award to Tom Hanks, not only a two-time Oscar winner and beloved star of many movies, making an award-worthy debut on Broadway in Lucky Guy. Every night, he said, West 44 Street looks like Mardi Gras; people from other shows wanting to catch a glimpse of this star. The annual award, now in its 69th year, is meant for first timers on Broadway, or a very special standout performance, and Hanks graciously accepted, emphasizing that he is a "lucky guy," speaking the late Nora Ephron's words 8 times a week. She came to New York knowing she wanted to write for newspapers, but what she really wanted was to write for theater. This award is second best to her being here, he said, his voice cracking.
This impassioned speech was one of many in Monday night's ceremony at The Music Box Theater, the current home of Pippin. As an opener, Ben Vereen reprised his song, "There is magic to do, just for you," bringing ...
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