Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane to Reunite in IT'S ONLY A PLAY on Broadway This Fall; Jack O'Brien to Direct!
The New York Times reports that THE PRODUCERS stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane will reunite in a new version of Terrence McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, directed by Jack O'Brien and opening on Broadway in September 2014. No word yet on where the show will run.
"I've wanted to do the play for a while, but so much has changed. So I did a rewrite," McNally told the Times, adding that an informal reading with Broderick and Lane "went off like a speeding bullet."
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IT'S ONLY A PLAY was last seen in 1986 at Manhattan Theater Club, starring James Coco and more. It's set on the opening night of "The Golden Egg" on Broadway at one of the producer's houses, where the director, the show's leading lady, the playwright (who will be played by Broderick) and his best friend (played by Lane), an insecure actor, a hypocritical drama critic, a servant aspiring to be a singer, and a hard-worn taxi driver have barricaded themselves in the upstairs bedroom waiting for the reviews to come in.
Broderick last appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, and before that, starred in The Philanthropist, The Odd Couple, The Producers, Taller Than a Dwarf, Night Must Fall, Biloxi Blues, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Brighton Beach Memoirs. For the latter two, he won Tony Awards in 1995 and 1983.
Lane starred in last year's The Nance, for which he was nominated for a Tony. Among his many Broadway credits are The Addams Family, Waiting for Godot, November, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Frogs, The Play What I Wrote, The Producers, The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Guys and Dolls, On Borrowed Time, Some Americans Abroad, Wind in the Willows, Merlin and Present Laughter. Lane won a 2001 Tony Award for his portrayal of 'Max Bialystock' in The Producers, as well as for 1996's 'Forum'.
O'Brien is a prolific Broadway director whose recent runs at the helm include last year's Macbeth, The Nance and Dead Accounts, 2011's Catch Me If You Can, 2006's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 2002's Hairspray and many more.
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