BY: ELIZABETH DURAND STREISAND & @NYCLife2017
What happens when a bunch of comedians try to put on a Broadway show? We’re about to find out. On November 1, after months of rehearsals, Hollywood golden girl Amy Schumer took the stage alongside fellow Comedy Central vet Keegan-Michael Key in Meteor Shower, a play penned by Steve Martin. (Laura Benati and Jeremy Shamos co-star.)
While Schumer has an impressive resume on TV and film, live theater is something else entirely. So–was the newbie a smash hit…or a trainwreck? @NYCLife2017 went inside for Broadway Spin to report on how the evening played out.
Anticipation was high as the theater filled before the show began–but as soon as Schumer stepped onstage, it was clear that she was “completely comfortable and natural,” our eyewitness reported. The 36-year-old star “really fit the character” she plays well and the crowd “couldn’t stop laughing.”
Tempted (or relieved!) as she might have been when the performance came to an end–and they had all survived without a single (obvious) flub–Schumer refrained from making any jokes or doing anything wacky. Instead, she and the rest of the cast took a simple, quick bow all together and made a hasty exit. After the performance, fans waited hopefully by the stage door for Schumer.
But their waiting was in vain, as both Schumer and Key slipped out the main entrance of the James Booth Theatre, flanked by massive security guards to avoid the crowd entirely. Benati and Shamos both flew out the stage door and got right into their cars. In other words, all of those Playbills went home unsigned.
Also falling short was the liquor selection.
Though a bartender confirmed the existence of a signature drink called The Cosmos (made up of vodka, triple sec, lime, and cranberry juice), they didn’t have any available for the first performance…apparently because no one bought the triple sec in time. Hopefully someone makes it to the liquor store before tonight.