Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’ Lights Up Broadway With Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key
What do space rocks and two married couples have in common? When they collide, things get explosive! “Meteor Shower” is a new play written by comedy icon Steve Martin. It’s now in previews at the Booth theater on Broadway, set for a 12-week run. The play, set in the 1930s, follows Corky (Amy Schumer) and her husband, Norm (Jeremy Shamos), who are having another couple over for dinner during a meteor shower. But Corky and Norm are in for more than a casual evening of space rock viewing. It turns out that Laura (Laura Benanti) and her husband, Gerald (Keegan-Michael Key) are a bit stranger than your typical married couple. The visiting couple’s wild and unpredictable behavior launches the play into a realm of fantasy, as the marriages that bind them all together loosen their grip and blast into the stratosphere – just like a meteor shower.
The play originally opened last year at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre for its world premiere. After that, it enjoyed a run at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. “Meteor Shower” is produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson.
“Meteor Shower” is directed by multiple Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, who won the coveted award for Best Direction of a Play for “The House of Blue Leaves,” “Lend me a Tenor,” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” Zaks also won the Tony for Best Direction of a Musical for “Guys and Dolls.”
Steve Martin is himself a Tony nominee for his original musical “Bright Star,” which preceded “Meteor Shower” by a year. Despite the similar titles, there’s no relationship between the two productions, other than a similar early 20th century setting and an emphasis on relationships gone awry.
Amy Schumer’s performance in “Meteor Shower” represents her exciting Broadway debut. Schumer has seen a rise in fame and success thanks to her starring role in “Inside Amy Schumer,” a Comedy Central Sketch Series which she’s also co-written since 2013. Schumer has also gained critical and commercial praise for her starring roles in the films “Trainwreck” and “Thank You For Your Service.”
Keegan-Michael Key is also making his Broadway debut in “Meteor Shower.” Key is most well-known for his role in the wildly popular sketch comedy series “Key and Peele.” Since the series ended, Key has gone on to test his comedic and dramatic chops in series such as Netflix’s “Friends From College” and the upcoming sci-fi film “The Predator.”
“Meteor Shower” boasts a formidable production team that includes Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt, Costume Design by Ann Roth, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, and Sound Design by Fitz Patton, promises a space-soaring good time, unlike anything you’ve seen on Broadway. It’s practically written in the stars.