Lucky Guy, written by Nora Ephron and starring Tom Hanks, is currently playing at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the play follows NY tabloid journalist Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a police scandal prior to his untimely death in 1998. The production features lighting design by Broadway Lighting Master Classes creative consultant and multiple Tony Award winner Jules Fisher and his design partner, Tony Award winner Peggy Eisenhauer, set design by David Rockwell, and projection design by Batwin + Robin.
Projection is used throughout the show to help establish locations, set the time period, and follow McAlary’s career. Projection designer Robin Silvestri explains, “The set has an LED wall upstage with black scenic slider panels that move across in front of it, which can open and close allowing the LED wall to be used as a full wall or section it off into smaller areas. We also use the scenic slider panels as a projection surface themselves. The back wall lets us establish locations, such as the Daily News, the NY Post, and the Newsday newsrooms, as well as bars and various other scene locations. For instance, for the newsrooms, we use windows and different views outside those windows. Actually, windows are a recurring theme in terms of establishing place throughout the show. Besides just creating or establishing the locations—there are 28 scenes in Act One and 17 in Act Two—we’re covering a 12-year period of time.”
Check out Michael Eddy's three-part in-depth look at the projection design and system for Lucky Guy:
As well as this video to see the creative team's hard work on stage: