Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will star in the Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, directed by Jack O'Brien, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will star in the Broadway premiere of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, directed by Jack O'Brien, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
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The star-studded upcoming Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play will begin performances a week earlier than previously scheduled because of popular demand, producers have announced. Originally scheduled to start previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on September 4, the comedy, directed by Jack O'Brien, will now begin August 28. Opening night is still set for October 9.

McNally's comedy about life on Broadway stars Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (The Threepenny Opera), two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Tony winner Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities), two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane (The Nance), Emmy winner Megan Mullally (Annapurna), and Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter film series) and Micah Stock in their Broadway debuts.

Broderick leads the cast as Peter Austin, a playwright suffering through the opening-night festivities of his Broadway debut. Lane appears as James Wicker, Peter's insecure pal, with Mullally as producer Julia Budder, Grint as director Frank Finger, Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Abraham as theater critic Ira Drew, and Micah Stock as coat-check attendant Gus Washington.

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