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Amy Schumer to Make Broadway Debut in Steve Martin's New Play

Monday Aug 7, 2017

Producer Joey Parnes announced today that Tony Award-nominated playwright and comedy-world icon Steve Martin's new play, "Meteor Shower," will premiere on Broadway this fall in a production starring Emmy Award-winner Amy Schumer in her Broadway debut; Emmy Award-winner Keegan-Michael Key, also in his Broadway debut; Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti; and Alan Tudyk; and directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks. Previews begin Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Broadway's Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street). Opening night is set for Wednesday, November 29.

It's a hot night in Ojai, California, and Corky (Schumer) and her husband Norm (Tudyk) are having another couple over for dinner. Laura (Benanti) and Gerald (Key), though, aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. 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. Entertaining has never been more entertaining than in this "cosmic comedy from the master of the American absurd" (Variety).

The design team for "Meteor Shower" includes Tony Award-winner Beowulf Borritt (Scenic Design), Tony and Academy Award-winner Ann Roth (Costume Design), six-time Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), and two-time Drama Desk Award-winner Fitz Patton (Sound Design). Casting is by David Caparelliotis.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased via Telecharge.com or by visiting MeteorOnBroadway.com.

"Meteor Shower" had its world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, and had a subsequent production at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. It is produced on Broadway by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson.

Amy Schumer (Corky) has proven herself to be one of the entertainment industry's leading forces as a standup comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of the award winning "Inside Amy Schumer," the popular Comedy Central television series, which premiered in April 2013 to the network's highest season premiere ratings of that year. "Inside Amy Schumer" won the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Sketch series.

In 2015, the show was honored with the first-ever Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sketch Variety Series. Schumer was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. Schumer received honors for Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy from the Television Critics Association in 2015.

Additionally, she was awarded the 2015 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Among the show's many accolades, it also received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2014. Schumer's first book, "The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo," continues to live on The New York Times bestseller list. Additionally, the book earned her a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album and will be released in paperback this August.

Schumer was most recently seen on the big screen in "Snatched," the mother-daughter comedy opposite Goldie Hawn. She can next be seen in Jason Hall's drama "Thank You For Your Service" this fall. Schumer is currently in production in Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn's "I Feel Pretty" opposite Michelle Williams, and will star in Rebecca Miller's "She Came to Me" opposite Nicole Kidman in early 2018.

Schumer's Universal Pictures hit "Trainwreck" dominated the 2015 summer comedy worldwide box office. Schumer wrote the film which co-starred Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, LeBron James and Vanessa Bayer. Judd Apatow directed the film which was nominated for two Golden Globes including Best Actress, Comedy or Musical, as well as Best Picture, Comedy or Musical. Additionally, she won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy and was nominated for a Writers' Guild Award in the category of Original Screenplay.

That same year, the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) honored Schumer with The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. Schumer's latest one-hour Comedy special titled "The Leather Special" is currently streaming on Netflix. Her one-hour HBO comedy special, "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo" directed by Chris Rock, premiered on October 17, 2015, and was HBO's most watched Saturday night comedy special debut since December 2009. The special earned her Primetime Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award nominations for Best Comedy/Variety Special as well as a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album. She continues to tour to sold out shows around the world. For the past two years, Schumer also received Pollstar's Best Comedy Tour of the Year Award.


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