Rockville Centre-raised comedian Amy Schumer is slated to debut on Broadway in Steve Martin’s newest play, “Meteor Shower,” which is set to open in November at Manhattan’s Booth Theatre.
The production, directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, will also star Emmy-winner Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti and Alan Tudyk. A former version of the play with a different cast, released last year in San Diego, was met with mixed reviews.
Schumer, 36, a 1999 graduate of South Side High School, reportedly confirmed her role as Corky in the play, a comedy set in Ojai, Calif. about two married couples having a dinner party. Corky and Norm (Tudyk) host couple Laura (Benanti) and Gerald (Key), who are looking for more than just a casual evening of small talk. “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,” Parnes described the play.
The announcement on Monday came shortly after Forbes magazine ranked Schumer No. 5 on a list of the highest-earning comedians from June 2016 to June 2017 with an estimated $37.5 million made in that period. Massapequa’s Jerry Seinfeld topped the list with about $69 million, as Schumer fell between Dave Chapelle (47 million) and Kevin Hart (32.5 million). She was the only woman on the list, breaking the top 10 for the second straight year.
The stand-up comedian has garnered more fame in recent years with the help of her sketch comedy series “Inside Amy Schumer,” which debuted on Comedy Central in 2013. She also wrote and starred in the film “Trainwreck,” receiving nominations for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
Now breaking new ground in her career, Schumer’s Broadway run of “Meteor Shower” is set to begin previews on Nov. 1 and open Nov. 29.