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It's Only a Play - 2014 - Broadway

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane lead an all-star cast featuring F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock in the Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway: It's Only a Play. Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally and directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien, this is a celebration of theatre at its best- and theatre people behaving their not-so-best.

It's opening night of Peter Austin's (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham) and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock in his Broadway debut).

It's alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender- reminding audiences why there's no business like show business. Thank God!

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 35 minutes

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
242 West 45th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For It's Only a Play


Theater review: 'It's Only a Play' - Bergen Record
Mullally, meanwhile, turns Julia into an irritating caricature, affecting a squeaky, drawling, little-girl voice that suggests the character has escaped from a cartoon. The two portrayals aren't the production's only problems. The play, in which nothing much actually happens, requires zippy pacing. But Jack O'Brien's direction is unusually sluggish, especially in the first act, dulling the impact of the script's often-sharp one-liners.

BROADWAY: 'It's Only a Play' at the Schoenfeld Theatre - Chicago Tribune
Part sentimental confessional, part caustic farce rooted in bitterness and wholly insider theatrical baseball, this intermittently amusing, celebrity-juiced Terrence McNally comedy from 1982 has been updated, often painfully, for an age of gossip, annoying media personalities and an all-powerful critic likely to eat your precious creative baby as his late-night sushi on the train home...Fine, so this is a comedy. As directed by Jack O'Brien, it is also a depressingly uneven production. The first scene, which takes place between the immaculate Lane, who is superb, and the one no-name in the cast, Micah Stock -- having a career-making moment playing a newbie to Broadway and thus the guy serving the drinks -- sparkles with pleasures...But then Grint...enters...And then the otherworldly Broderick shows up...and, well, the air goes out of the whole affair because Grint is about six sizes too large and Broderick's performance is, with a few funny exceptions, just too creepy to be funny.


 



 

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by BroadwayWorld TV - June 5, 2015
We are yet another day closer to the biggest night on every theatre-lover's calendar- the 69th Annual Tony Awards, which will be co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming on Sunday, June 7 (8PM on CBS). Earlier this month, the 2015 Tony nominees gathered to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big day. Below, we bring you an exclusive interview with Micah Stock, Best Performance by an Featured Actor in a Play for It's Only a Play.
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 21, 2015
Just yesterday, special Tony honoree Tommy Tune,  who is referenced in It's Only A Play and who won his first Tony® in the Featured Actor category, celebrated Micah Stock's first Tony nomination by surprising him ON STAGE at the curtain call of Wednesday's matinee. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special event below! 
by Caryn Robbins - May 19, 2015
Tony Award nominee and IT'S ONLY A PLAY star Micah Stock was on hand to take 'Broadway's Biggest Selfie' today. The event took place on in the heart of Times Square
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2015
Get in Broadway's biggest selfie!
by Caryn Robbins - May 12, 2015
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane stopped by CBS's THE TALK, filming this week from New York City, to discuss their hit Broadway play, IT'S ONLY A PLAY.
by Caryn Robbins - April 15, 2015
IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Nathan Lane stopped by today's 'Live' and shared stories about the odd jobs he had in the beginning of his career. Check out the appearance below!
by Richard Ridge - April 4, 2015
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured stage and screen legend Stockard Channing, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Below, check out what she had to say about her journey with IT'S ONLY A PLAY, which is currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
by Richard Ridge - April 3, 2015
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured stage and screen legend Stockard Channing, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Below, check out what she had to say about her journey with IT'S ONLY A PLAY, which is currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
by Richard Ridge - April 2, 2015
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured stage and screen legend Stockard Channing, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Below, check out what she had to say about her journey with IT'S ONLY A PLAY, which is currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
by Walter McBride - April 1, 2015
Last night, T.R. Knight, Emmy Award nominated actor, and two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane joined and rejoined the cast of It's Only A Play, currently playing at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Both will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from backstage below!
by Walter McBride - April 1, 2015
Last night, T.R. Knight, Emmy Award nominated actor, and two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane have just joined and rejoined the cast of It's Only A Play, currently playing at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Both will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from the curtain call below!
by BWW News Desk - March 31, 2015
T.R. Knight, Emmy Award nominated actor, will join the cast of Broadway's smash hit comedy It's Only a Play in the role of 'Frank Finger' tonight, March 31, 2015, on the same day that two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane returns to the cast in the role of 'James Wicker', as previously announced. Both will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015.
by Caryn Robbins - March 31, 2015
Lane talks about his return to Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY and discussed some of the biggest Broadway flops he's been involved in, including the 1970's musical 'Merlin,' starring magician Doug Henning.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 29, 2015
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured stage and screen legend Stockard Channing, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Watch below to find out how things are going at It's Only a Play, her thoughts on her performance in Grease, and so much more. Check out the full interview below!
by Tyler Peterson - March 13, 2015
Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that T.R. Knight, Emmy Award nominated actor, will join the cast of Broadway's smash hit comedy It's Only a Play in the role of 'Frank Finger' on March 31, 2015, on the same day that 2-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane returns to the cast in the role of 'James Wicker', as previously announced. Both will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015.
by Tyler Peterson - February 25, 2015
Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Tony Award winner Nathan Lane will return to the Broadway's biggest hit comedy It's Only a Play in the role of James Wicker on March 31, 2015 and will continue with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7, 2015. Lane departed It's Only A Play on January 4, 2015 due to a previously scheduled commitment with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) staging of The Iceman Cometh.