Hollywood A-lister and frequent Vegas visitor Chris Evans will make his Broadway debut in March as he is set to team up with theater veteran Michael Cera in a revival of Lobby Hero, a play written by Oscar-winning American film director, playwright, and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan. The Lobby Hero revival will be the first production of Second Stage Theatre’s inaugural Broadway season, and Evans’s and Cera’s participation were confirmed early last year.
The original in 2001 performed admirably, well enough, in fact, that it was eventually staged in 2002 at the Donmar Warehouse in the UK. This then begs the question: Will this revival fare just as well for it to be staged elsewhere—like The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas? The odds, as of the moment, are not exactly in favor of Lobby Hero, but much more overwhelming odds have been overcome before in Sin City, which means nothing is impossible.
Besides, the Vegas equivalent of Broadway, since its opening in 2012, it has hosted many of the world’s finest performances, including plays of all kinds. With a script from a highly respected Oscar-winning playwright, and several topnotch actors, this Lobby Hero revival certainly has all the makings of a world-class play. The fact it will first be staged on Broadway surely helps, as The Smith Center has been known to bring to Vegas the best of Broadway, including Hamilton and The Colorful Purple, both of which are in the famed center’s 2018 lineup.
Having Evans definitely helps, too, as the veteran actor’s popularity and undeniable charisma can very well help Lobby Hero go cross-country from the Big Apple to the Entertainment Capital of the World. If not in The Smith Center itself, Evans and company can still end up in the various theaters in Vegas, possibly the Luxor Hotel or the Palazzo Resort & Casino, both of which have been home to Broadway productions. Vegas also holds fond memories for his co-star, as Aubrey Plaza revealed that she almost married Michael Cera in Vegas after starring in Scott Pilgram vs. The World with him.
A fixture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Evans as Captain America has starred in Marvel’s biggest blockbusters, with the Captain America trilogy raking in well over $2 billion worldwide, and the two Avengers films earning upwards of $2 billion globally as well. The Boston native will be looking to translate that same success to Broadway this March. If his drawing power on the silver screen carries over to Broadway, there is a good chance that Second Stage Theatre will look to bring Lobby Hero to various theaters all around the US, including those in Las Vegas. Simply, a good show deserves to be in Vegas, and if Evans and company can give that to Broadway fans, the theaters of Las Vegas may very well see Steve Rogers in the flesh later this year.
Evans’s popularity is due to being one of the most popular and recognizable figures in the MCU. He has helped propel the superhero genre to unprecedented heights, with industries other than the film industry making huge profits off the genre. The gaming industry is a prime example, with a host of superhero-themed games released annually both for gaming consoles and for online platforms. Foxy Casino has a lineup of online slot games inspired by the superhero genre that have been created in the wake of the genre’s popularity, including Zeus 1000 which is loosely based on the father of fellow Avenger Thor. Another game Dragon Kingdom features a character reminiscent of the DC character Wonder Woman. One of biggest benefits of the superhero genre is that it has given fans a chance to explore different mediums, like theater and gaming, through following the careers of actors who play the heroes.