Emmy winner Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Tony winner Stockard Channing (Joe Egg), and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) will join Tony winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy It’s Only a Play.
The production, which will be directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), will begin performances in the fall at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater for a limited 17-week run scheduled to open Oct. 9. Lane and Broderick appeared together in the smash hit The Producers in 2001 as well as the 2005 movie version. They also starred together in a revival of The Odd Couple in 2005. They have won two Tonys each — Lane for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers and Broderick for Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
It’s Only a Play opened Off-Broadway in a 1986 Manhattan Theatre Club production starring James Coco, Christine Baranski and Joanna Gleason. This new production will feature rewrites by McNally who has won four Tonys, two for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and two for the books of the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. He is currently represented on Broadway by Mothers and Sons.
It’s Only a Play takes place on opening night of the new work by anxiety-prone playwright Peter Austin (Broderick). The party is crashed by his friend, actor James Wicker (Lane) who turned down the lead in order to star in a now-cancelled TV sitcom.
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