Writer, actress, director, producer and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer is headed for Broadway. The star of the award-winning Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer will make her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s new play Meteor Shower. Joining her in the cast are Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Laura Benanti (Gypsy, She Loves Me), and Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss, Spamalot). The production will be directed by Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!, A Bronx Tale).
With previews beginning on November 1, Meteor Shower is set to open at the Booth Theatre on November 29. The new work by Martin (Bright Star, Picasso at the Lapin Agile) is described as follows:
“It’s a hot night in Ojai, California, and Corky (Schumer) and her husband Norm (Tudyk) are having another couple over for dinner. Laura (Benanti) and Gerald (Key), though, aren’t looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky” (Variety).
Besides her Emmy award-winning sketch comedy show, Schumer has emerged as one of stand-up comedy’s most celebrated talents. Known for her “no-holds-barred” approach to humor, her stand-up comedy specials overflow with firebrand humor. Schumer’s first book, The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo, resides on The New York Times bestseller list and has earned her a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. Schumer was most recently seen on the big screen in Snatched, the mother-daughter comedy opposite Goldie Hawn.
Playwright Steve Martin is perhaps best known for his work on the television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and for his work in feature films including The Jerk, All of Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Parenthood, Father of the Bride, and Cheaper by the Dozen. His book and his music for the musical Bright Star were both nominated for Tony Awards.
The design team for Meteor Shower includes Tony Award-winner Beowulf Borritt (Scenic Design), Tony and Academy Award-winner Ann Roth (Costume Design), six-time Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), and two-time Drama Desk Award-winner Fitz Patton (Sound Design).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.