Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are coming back to Broadway in a new version of Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy It’s Only a Play, set to open in September 2014. Tony winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray) will direct. The two Tony-winning stars 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.
It’s Only a Play takes place on opening night of the new work by anxiety-prone playwright Peter Austin (to be played by 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. The play debuted Off-Broadway in a 1986 Manhattan Theatre Club production starring James Coco, Christine Baranski and Joanna Gleason. McNally has rewritten his script to update the numerous theater references and jokes.
McNally is currently represented on Broadway with Mothers and Sons which is nominated for a Best Play Tony. He has previously won for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and for the books of Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime. Lane and Broderick 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.