The New York premiere of Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower plays its final performance at Broadway’s Booth Theatre January 21. 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.
Preview performances began November 1 prior to a November 29 official opening.
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 went on to hover around 100 percent capacity every week, and grossed above 90 percent of its potential in all but one week (due to a series of cast illnesses).
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 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 January 21)