Prepare yourselves for one of the most Jason Bateman-centric weeks we’ve had on deck in a long time! We’re in for a super stacked lineup in the Jason universe (think of it like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only revolving around Jason and his work), ranging from screen to stage.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know this week marks the release of Jason’s latest movie, Air. Officially hitting theaters on Wednesday, Jason is traveling to NYC to promote the film on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday (talk about my literal talk show dream team) and Good Morning America on Wednesday.
But unless you’re in the Broadway know, you may not realize that this week also brings us the first previews of two Broadway shows starring a couple of Jason’s current and former coworkers (do famous people call them coworkers, too?). On Tuesday, Jason’s Ozark costar Laura Linney takes the stage at the Friedman Theatre in Summer, 1976. And then on Friday, Jason’s SmartLess cohost Sean Hayes brings Good Night, Oscar to the Belasco Theatre. I’m so jealous of everyone who got to see Sean during the show’s run in Chicago.
As for my part in all of this activity, I was able to see a screening of Air last week. Definitely recommend. It’s been years since I’ve seen Jason in a theater on the big screen (Game Night back in 2018!), and let me tell you that it gave me life! Even knowing the way the story ends didn’t spoil watching it all play out on screen. You can bet I’ll be back at the theater this weekend to watch Nike land the Jordan deal again!
And when I heard Sean and Laura were coming to Broadway, I knew I had to snatch tickets to the first preview of both Summer, 1976 and Good Night, Oscar. Seeing shows I’ve never seen before on their first night is always a thrill, but the thought that Jason will be in town and could show up at one or both makes it even more exciting. Believe me when I say that my eyes will be peeled!
I don’t know if I’ll make it to the side door of either the Late Night or GMA studios this week, but I’ll definitely be keeping up online and on TV.
So much Jason, so little time! Jason’s portrayal of Nike marketing genius Rob Strasser was so strong that I may need my own pair of Air Jordans to mark this occasion. Just do it!