Amy Schumer Will Make Her Broadway Debut in a Steve Martin-Penned Play
The play hits the stage this fall.
Amy Schumer has already mastered the arts of film, television, and stand-up comedy (with the Emmy and Peabody Awards and a Golden Globes nod to prove it) and now, she’s set her sights on the Great White Way.
According to the New York Times, the comedian will make her Broadway debut this fall, starring in Meteor Shower, a play written by Steve Martin. Schumer and Alan Tudyk will play Corky and Norm, a California couple who invite Tony Award winner Laura Benanti and Keegan-Michael Key’s Laura and Gerald over for dinner and stargazing one night. “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,” the show’s website reads.
Meteor Shower premiered last year at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, starring Jenna Fischer of The Office and Ally McBeal‘s Greg Germann in Schumer and Tudyk’s roles, and was followed by a four-week co-production at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. As the Times reports, reviews of the show’s two initial runs were mixed. Although Variety‘s Frank Rizzo noted that “figuring out this cosmic comedy from the master of the American absurd can result, as it does for one of the characters in the piece, in ‘brain explosions,'” he concluded that the “loopy satire of marriage, sex and the inner id” was still a reliably funny comedy. The Los Angeles Times‘ Charles McNulty was less impressed, calling the show a case of “Hollywood welfare,” and describing it as “sitcom Ionesco crossed with a Saturday Night Live parody of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?“
The Jerry Zaks-directed play, which will run for just 12 weeks at New York City’s Booth Theatre beginning November 1, is Martin’s second foray into writing for the Broadway stage—and his fourth project as a playwright. His 2016 musical Bright Star ran for four months and was a financial failure but a critical darling, garnering a total of five Tony nominations. It is scheduled to be resurrected in Los Angeles this October.
Schumer also has had a busy year: In addition to releasing Snatched, her film with Goldie Hawn in May, the Inside Amy Schumer creator and star has also been working on two upcoming movies, including one about “contemporary opera and tug boats” with Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell. In fact, Schumer’s plate is so full that, earlier this year, she had to back out of playing the titular character in the upcoming live-action Barbie film due to “scheduling conflicts.” When rumors broke that Anne Hathaway was being considered to replace her in the movie, Schumer wrote on Instagram, “Hathaway smathaway jkjk she’s perfect!! Can’t wait to see it!”
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