The New York premiere of Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower opens officially at Broadway’s Booth Theatre November 29. The comedy stars Emmy winners Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key in their Broadway debuts, as well as Tony winner Laura Benanti and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos (stepping in for the originally announced Alan Tudyk).
Preview performances began November 1.
The Jerry Zaks-helmed production, produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson, broke a Booth Theatre record prior to starting: with a figure hovering around $7.5 million, the show earned the highest advance in the house’s 104-year history. The comedy consistently surpassed 100 percent of its gross potential during its preview period.
Meanwhile, Martin's other astrally titled Broadway venture, Bright Star, celebrates the opening night of its national tour's San Francisco engagement. Performances began November 28 at the Curran Theatre.
Set in Ojai, California, Meteor Shower follows married couple Corky (Schumer) and Norm (Shamos), who invite another couple—Laura (Benanti) and Gerald (Key) over for dinner. Soon, the two couples launch into ruthless Who's Afraid,t of Virginia Woolf?-esque psychological warfare—the fury of which is matched only by the space rocks falling above them.
Meteor Shower received its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. A subsequent production played the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.
(Updated November 29)