Chris Evans will go from ‘Captain America’ to a ‘Hero’ on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan play

Chris Evans became an international star thanks to his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, but now he’s planning to become a hero on the Great White Way. He’s set to make his Broadway debut next year in the play “Lobby Hero” written by recent Oscar champ Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”).

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“Lobby Hero” will open in March 2018 at the Helen Hayes Theater, which is currently undergoing renovations after being bought by the Second Stage theater company in 2016. It’s a revival of a play that was originally produced Off-Broadway in 2001 and tells the story of a twentysomething security guard and his supervisor in the foyer of a Manhattan apartment building. It will co-star Michael Cera, who previously appeared on Broadway in another Lonergan revival, “This is Our Youth,” in 2014. And the director will be Trip Cullman, who helmed the current productions of “Significant Other” and “Six Degrees of Separation” that are running this spring on the rialto.

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The original 2001 production of “Lobby Hero” starred Glenn Fitzgerald and Dion Graham and earned nominations for Best Play at the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critic Circle Awards. Lonergan has also been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize (“The Waverly Gallery,” 2001) in addition to his Oscar winning work on the big screen. But “Lobby Hero” will be only the second Broadway staging of one of his plays, following the aforementioned “This is Our Youth.”

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