Theater geeks are freaking out about Amy Schumer on Broadway

Simply name her $chumer.

Out of the gate on this new season, the No. 1 field workplace draw is a 36-year-old humorist.

Can Amy sing? Can she dance? Who is aware of? Who cares?

What she can do is promote tickets. After they went on sale for the comedy she’s headlining — “Meteor Bathe,” by Steve Martin — they have been snapped up.

The primary two days of ticket gross sales have yielded $1 million.

For a play.

Manufacturing sources anticipate the advance sale to hit $four million when “Meteor Bathe,” produced by Joey Parnes, opens Nov. 29 on the Sales space Theatre.

Schumer is leaving a fantastic actress, Uma Thurman, within the mud. Thurman is starring in “The Parisian Girl,” a brand new play (tailored from a 19th-century French one) by “Home of Playing cards” creator Beau Willimon. That one opens on the Hudson Theatre on Nov. 30.

Her ticket gross sales are, properly, not precisely within the $1 million territory.

I’m informed “The Parisian Girl” is an effective play, however even good performs nowadays are arduous to promote on Broadway with out a famous person.

Uma Thurman was a famous person within the ’90s; Amy Schumer is a famous person now.

And she or he’s coming to Broadway as a result of Steve Martin requested her to.

Martin has been doodling with “Meteor Bathe” for years. It’s a unusual comedy set within the early ’90s a couple of seemingly comfortable couple that invitations one other couple over to look at a meteor bathe. Issues go awry in, let’s assume, sexual methods. Martin’s been impressed by John Updike’s “,” so issues may get very horny — and really harmful.

Can Amy Schumer sing? Can she dance? Who is aware of? Who cares? What she will do is promote tickets.

Martin and Schumer have been pals for a very long time, usually participating in playful banter over Twitter. The extra he labored on the play, the extra he considered Schumer for the function of Corky, the spouse and seemingly comfortable hostess. (“The Workplace” star Jenna Fischer performed the function on the play’s premiere in San Diego.)

Martin requested Schumer to play it in New York, and she or he mentioned sure.

Tony winner Laura Benanti is taking part in the spouse within the extra sexually aggressive couple. I’m informed there was some fast-flying chemistry between her and Schumer at a latest studying.

The nice Jerry Zaks is directing, taking a break from counting his cash from the hit revival of “Whats up, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler.

Now that I give it some thought: The producers of “Whats up, Dolly!” are on the lookout for somebody to switch Bette.

Whats up, Amy?


Adam DriverJamie McCarthy/Getty Photographs

Only a rumor, however I’m placing it on the market: Adam Driver, from “Ladies” and “Star Wars,” desires to star in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s play “Burn This.”

Jake Gyllenhaal was going to do it a few years in the past, however he may by no means decide on a feminine co-star.

The play is good. I noticed John Malkovich play Pale, the coke-snorting restaurant supervisor, within the authentic manufacturing on Broadway in 1987, and do not forget that efficiency to today.

He got here bursting into the play “threatening to incinerate every little thing and everybody round him,” as critic Frank Wealthy wrote.

Driver has quite a bit to reside as much as. Malkovich onstage may seduce you — and knife you — on the similar time.

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