'Meteor Shower' To Broadway But Without Long Wharf Cast, Director


Steve Martin's comedy "Meteor Shower", which had its co-premiere at New Haven;s Long Wharf Theatre after its Old Globe bow, is going to Broadway in November, the New York Post reports -- but without the New Haven cast and under Gordon Edelstein's direction

Michael Riedel's theater column reports that Amy Schumer is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut. Also likely to co-star, he reports, is Laura Benanti, "a Tony winner who’s ridden a wave of popularity for her Melania Trump impersonations on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.' " The report also says Jerry Zaks ("Hello, Dolly!" revival) will direct.

No theater has been announced suet for the production.

Riedel's sources say Martin personally asked Schumer to do his play. "The two have been friends for a while, sometimes engaging in playful, fake fights on Twitter."

Benanti was in a New York reading of the play, which also featured Hamish Linklater.

The producer, said Riedel, is Joey Parnes, whose credits include “Dolly,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and “Bright Star,” the Tony-nominated bluegrass musical Martin wrote with Edie Brickell.

 Martin's other two plays -- "The Underpants" and "{Picasso at Lapin Agile" -- had successful runs at Long Wharf, also directed by Edelstein.


The Long Wharf cast consisted of Patrick Breen, Arden Myrin, Josh Stamberg, Sophina Brown. 

The Long Wharf Theatre cast of "Meteor Shower" is nominated for outstanding ensemble by Connecticut Critics Circle. LW director Gordon Edelstein is also nominated.

The FREE Awards ceremony will be held June 26 at 7:30 pm at Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, just off exit 14 on Merritt Parkway. Terrence Mann is master of ceremonies; Bobby Conte (star of "A Bronx Tale") is performing. 


Frank Rizzo