What do you get when you put Chris Evans (a superhero) and Michael Cera (the opposite of a superhero) in a newly renovated Broadway theater with a script by the Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea? You get Lobby Hero, a nearly two-and-a-half-hour play all set (you guessed it!) in a lobby. @NYCLife2018 checked out the show, which just began previews, to see how these two Hollywood A-listers were taking to the stage, and the answer is quite nicely it seems.
The premise is pretty simple: the lobby of a Manhattan building is doubling as a holding pen for four New Yorkers who are involved, in various capacities, in a murder investigation. Obviously, hilarity ensues. A word of caution, though: Captain America this is not. It’s a dark comedy packed with appropriately… umm… colorful language.
Though the cast only had a few performances under their belts, both Evans and Cera looked completely natural on stage and received an enthusiastic standing ovation as they took their bows at the end. That was the last glimpse we got of them, however, as neither of them came out for autographs or photos — despite a group of fans (us included!) optimistically waiting.
It’s not uncommon for big stars to skip out on the stage door after a show — just ask Amy Schumer — but we’re going to hold out hope that Evans and Cera can muster the post-show energy to surprise the crowd every now and then. If Sara Bareilles can do it, so can you.
Lobby Hero‘s opening night is March 26, 2018 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.