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Michael Cera Heads to Broadway
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;Michael Cera Heads to Broadway;
(April 11, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) It has happened often enough to almost be called a trafition for Canadian actors. The trek to Broadway, that is. Back in the days before film, many Canadian actors found fame on New York`s Great White Way. The names Mae Irwin, Marie Dressler and Maude Eburne come to mind. Now, one of Canadas newest stars, Michael Cera, returns to the stage, but for the first time finds that stage on Broadway.

The play itself has a bit of a tradition. This is Our Youth began as an off-broadway play 18 years ago and found room for a string of American actors in previous incarnations. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal have all appeared in the play. Cera himself and his Broadway costar Kieran Culkin have appeared in an Australian production of the play two years ago. But after all that, Kenneth Lonergan`s tiny masterpiece will finally have its first run on Broadway this summer in a production by the Steppenwolf theatre company.

Co-starring with Michael Cera and Culkin, both of whom make their Broadway debut in this production, will be Tavi Gevinson, the founder of Rookie, a website for teenage girls, who recently appeared in the James Gandolfini film Enough Said.

This is Our Youth is set in a New York apartment in 1982 and follows three friends as they use a pot of stolen cash to finance a drug deal. The play has had mixed reviews over the past almost two decades since it first opened. This revival will be directed by Anna D Shapiro. It will premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago in June before moving to Broadway for previews starting in August. It is scheduled to open September 11 at the Cort Theatre in New York.