Chris Evans, Michael Cera Celebrate Unveiling of Revamped Hayes Theater 1:36 PM PST 2/5/2018 by David Rooney
From left, Kenneth Lonergan, Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry, Bel Powley, Chris Evans and Trip Cullman The actors will star with Brian Tyree Henry and Bel Powley in Kenneth Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero,' the inaugural production at Second Stage Theater's new Broadway venue. A starry gathering of theater and film luminaries assembled Monday morning in New York for the official unveiling of the Hayes Theater, the new home of Second Stage Theater and the only Broadway house dedicated exclusively to the work of living American playwrights.
The ceremony comes as rehearsals get underway for the Hayes' inaugural production, Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry and Bel Powley, all of whom were present at the opening, along with director Trip Cullman. The play begins previews March 1, with an official opening set for March 26.
The unveiling of the Hayes marks the culmination of a long fund-raising campaign to secure a permanent Broadway venue for Second Stage, which now joins Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club as leading New York nonprofit theater companies operating both Broadway and off-Broadway houses.
"This day has been many, many years in the making and I am thrilled to begin this next phase in Second Stage's life," said artistic director and founder Carole Rothman. "The Hayes will be dedicated exclusively to living American playwrights — the only venue on Broadway doing only contemporary works from the finest playwrights our country has to offer."
Also present at the unveiling ceremony were board members Tony Goldwyn, Brooke Shields and two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, along with Second Stage artistic alumni including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Shalhoub, Judith Light, Billy Porter, Paula Vogel, Kenny Leon, Sherie Rene Scott, Michael Greif and Tom Kitt.
Designed by David Rockwell, the newly renovated Hayes Theater, built in 1912, remains Broadway's most intimate house, with 589 seats.
Following the limited engagement of Lobby Hero, which is scheduled to run through May 13, Second Stage's inaugural Broadway season will continue with Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, directed by Anna Shapiro and starring Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt. That production begins previews June 29 for a July 23 opening.
Sandy A. Kenyon Thursday, February 08, 2018 05:01PM
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Broadway's smallest theater is one of the finest after a non-profit theater group brought The Helen Hayes Theater back to life with tens of million of dollars from the city and private donors.
The Broadway beauty has been re-born thanks to the non-profit Second Stage Theater company which has brought a tradition of diversity from Off Broadway to what was once called The Great White Way.
The playwright, Lynn Nottage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last year for the second time, says this company is, "dedicated to work by living playwrights with an emphasis on celebrating work by women and people of color," and she thinks, "there are very few Broadway theaters around that have made that same commitment." As the first woman ever to win two Pulitzers in Drama -- she oughtta know.
On hand to see the 'Helen Hayes' come back to life were the stars of the theater's first production in the renovated space. Chris Evans, best known for playing "Captain America", and Michael Cera will open in Kenneth Lonergan's play "Lobby Hero" in less than a month.
This after a transformation overseen by a Board of Directors that includes Brooke Shields. "The beauty of what they've done here," she says, "is make it accessible to communities that don't necessarily go to theater or who have not been introduced or can't afford theater."
Tony Goldwyn from ABC's "Scandal" has been active in Second Stage since 1992. "We have some incredibly committed and passionate and generous donors who understand how much the theater means to New York City, and, the 'Helen Hayes' is a gem."
With one eye on the past and another on the future- all involved took Broadway's smallest theater back to the future, and just like the old show tune goes: "bit-by-bit" - Artistic Director Carol Rothman and her crew are "putting it together!"
"Broadway was the right home for Second Stage," Ms. Rothman told the audience at the unveiling, adding that, "our commitment to living American writers" remains firm.
Buying and restoring this gem was a process that took a decade, but the wait was worth it. It's hard to imagine a more elegant experience than going to this brand new space to see the best American plays.
"The movie came to life every time you were on the screen." Stan Lee to Chris Evans.
Chris Evans Praises 'Black Panther' Star Chadwick Boseman: 'He's So Fantastic'
By Alex Ungerman 11:01 AM PST, February 16, 2018
There's a lot of love for the newest Marvel superhero, and Chris Evans is here for it!
ET talked to Captain America himself on Friday at a press day for his Broadway play, Lobby Hero, and he offered some high praise for the Black Panther film and its star, Chadwick Boseman.
"Chadwick's a good buddy, he's so fantastic and from what I've heard, if you've seen the film, he really knocks it out of the park," the 36-year-old actor shared. "I was just watching some stuff last night about it. It is a WAVE, it is powerful!"
Wave is right, as tickets for the new Marvel movie, which opened today, have been hard to come by for many!
Meanwhile, Evans also opened up about preparing for his Broadway turn -- which also stars Atlanta's Bryan Tyree Henry and Michael Cera -- as a New York City police officer.
"I spent some time with some cops and we have a dialect coach, and we have to do a New York accent," he explained. "So I listened to a lot of their speech patterns, and we've had some cops come into our rehearsal space and ask some questions, and yeah, you know -- just trying to get my best stance."
Brian Tyree Henry Loves Curling So Much, He Invented This Olympics Drinking Game
By Jackson McHenry
There are fans of curling, the Winter Olympics most calming and misunderstood sport, everywhere, and one of them happens to be Brian Tyree Henry. At a press event for Lobby Hero, the Broadway play written by Kenneth Lonergan that stars the Atlanta actor alongside Chris Evans, Michael Cera, and Bel Powley, Vulture ended up chatting with Henry about his love of curling. He even has a curling drinking game, and we’d be remiss not to share the rules: “Whenever the thing slides down, you just take a shot. If somebody’s bumped, take a shot. If somebody’s sweeping, take a shot. You just keep going.”
So, what made Henry fall for curling? After stumbling upon a televised match one night, he says he just couldn’t stop watching the sweeping sport. “I was drunk one night and turned on the Olympics and was like, ‘There are people with brooms pushing this thing across … I don’t know what!’” he said. “I feel like curling just came out of nowhere. But regardless, it happened now, and I’m blessed for it.”
Sadly, Henry hasn’t had time to watch curling at the Pyeongchang Games because he’s rehearsing Lobby Hero, though he does have enough time for the cast’s own game nights with director Trip Cullman, which involve celebrities, charades, and other parlor games. Who gets the most competitive? “Trip and Chris. They’re the ones. I’m like, ‘Oh God, here we go…’” he said. “But it’s fun competitiveness.” After all, charades isn’t Olympic curling, which is a deadly serious business.