Comic, author and actress, Amy Schumer will be making her way to Broadway.
The “Trainwreck” and standup star will star in “Meteor Shower”, a new play penned by Steve Martin. The play has been performed at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and is being re-worked for the Great White Way, according to the New York Times.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Martin told the Times. “I’ve been working on [Meteor Shower] for over 20 years – I wrote it in the ’90s, when it is set, but I didn’t finish it, I got distracted, and then it came back to me a couple of years ago.”
The play centers around two couples who get together for an evening of stargazing and sparring in a backyard in 1993. It has received mixed to positive reviews in its earlier rounds of performance, but the casting of Schumer, who previously performed in Martin’s play “Picasso at the Lapin Aglie,” helped propel the show to the bigger stage in New York.
“We’ve made adjustments, we’ve made cuts, he’s rewritten – we’ve just begun the process of trying to get the script to be everything it can be,” Jerry Zaks, who will direct on Broadway, told the Times. “It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s affecting, it’s original, and it’s the kind of comedy I love. Watching people connect, or struggle to connect, is the greatest spectator sport imaginable.”
Schumer has long connections in New York. She was born in Manhattan and grew up on Long Island. After obtaining a degree from Towson University in Maryland, she returned to the city and worked odd jobs while getting her comedy career off the ground. She is also related (second cousin, once removed) to U.S. Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D).