Amy Schumer is able to deliver “serious funny,” says Steve Martin, explaining why he wanted her in his play “Meteor Shower,” already a hot ticket for the coming fall theater season.

Martin, in a recent phone interview, said he came to know Schumer through her television show, “where I saw her play, with depth, various comic characters.” And the play, he makes very clear, “is a comedy first.”

Set in the ’90s, it’s the story of two couples, not really close friends, who spend an evening in an Ojai, California, backyard as sparks fly — not all of which are from the meteor shower swirling around them. “I’ve always been interested in astronomy,” said Martin (recall his 2016 Broadway effort, “Bright Star.”) But, he continues, “it’s also metaphoric . . . something coming from the heavens that strikes you and means something to you.”

“Meteor Shower” is set to open Nov. 29, followed the next day by “A Parisian Woman” with Uma Thurman making her Broadway debut in a play with politics very much on the table — the writer is Beau Willimon, best known for his Netflix hit “House of Cards.”

Before that last week in November, though, the fall theater season has much to offer.

There’s rock royalty. Bruce Springsteen brings his music and his life story to Broadway, where it will be interesting to see how it plays in a theater with less than 1,000 seats as opposed to an arena that holds tens of thousands. A bunch of rockers and pop stars — Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, to name a few — have contributed music to “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Inspired by the much-loved Nickelodeon cartoon series, the musical finds the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom fighting to save their undersea world from complete annihilation.

And there’s Broadway royalty. Julie Taymor returns after her well-documented troubles with “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark” to direct Clive Owen in a revival of David Henry Hwang’s 1988 drama, “M. Butterfly.” And three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance stars as King Philippe V of Spain in “Farinelli and the King,” a play about a famous castrato, written by his wife, Claire van Kampen.

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Though it’s really too soon, there’s already been some Tony buzz surrounding “The Band’s Visit,” making the move to Broadway after a production at the Atlantic last year ended up on a lot of “best of 2016” lists. Inspired by the 2007 movie, the story of an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in a small Israeli town stars Tony Shaloub and Katrina Lenk. Needless to say, any musical opening this fall will have to take on the Anna-Elsa-Harry juggernaut as the spring 2018 season awaits “Frozen” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Around town, Off-Broadway has some intriguing offerings for fall. The Public Theater marks the 50th anniversary of its home on Astor Place with “Illyria,” a play by Richard Nelson that explores Joseph Papp’s efforts to bring free Shakespeare to the people of New York. Anyone who’s waited in line for a ticket to Shakespeare in the Park knows how it all worked out, but the story of how we got there may be illuminating.

Harvey Fierstein is doing some minor reworking of “Torch Song Trilogy,” his 1982 Tony winner with a title that’s now condensed to just “Torch Song.” Michael Urie stars in the role that made Fierstein famous. “The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s play at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, delves into the lives of young women on an indoor soccer team. And Ars Nova, the adventurous institution that gave us “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” turns its attention from 19th century Moscow to Korean pop music with “KPOP,” described as an immersive tour of a K-pop music factory.

With all that, do we really need to go back to “Jersey Boys”? Apparently. Less than a year after striking the production that ran 11 years on Broadway, the Tony-winning jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons pares down for an Off-Broadway run at New World Stages. We’ll have to wait until November to find out if smaller is better for the guys from across the river.

In the meantime, theater lovers will find plenty to keep them busy until next spring’s onslaught.