When people hear the name Steve Martin, they might be inclined to think of the Renaissance man’s large body of work on screen. Whether it is his many hosting gigs at Saturday Night Live, or his turns in such comedic films as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Three Amigos, Steve Martin is definitely a household name thanks to his comedy acting chops. But he is so much more than just a funny actor.
Martin is an exceptional banjo player and he even plays music in his own bluegrass band. In addition to this, Martin is a stunning writer, weaving heart and humor into his prose. Now, he has written his own play, entitled Meteor Shower, a satirical tale of marriage. While some playwrights may struggle to get their scripts on stage, Martin did not, as his play will debut on the first of November, which is fewer than two months away!
What is doubly notable about this play is the casting for it. Martin is including Broadway veterans like Lauren Benanti and Alan Tudyk, but he is also allowing for two venerated comedians to make their on stage debuts. Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck, Snatched) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, Keanu, Don’t Think Twice) will both appear on Broadway for the first time in their careers.
As or the other aforementioned actors, Benanti found a brief period of success with her turn in a supporting role on the short-lived Matthew Perry NBC sitcom about a recovery therapy group, Go On, but has since been seen on screen mostly for her turns as Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Tudyk, on the other hand, has been staying busy with Disney since his show, Firefly, was canceled as he has appeared in recent films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Moana, and Zootopia.