It's Only a Play Broadway

$72-$167

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

(New York, NY)
242 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For It's Only a Play


‘It's Only a Play’ Theater Review: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Remain Broadway's Funniest Team - The Wrap
If only it were a better play...A lot has changed on Broadway in 30 years, but for McNally it all comes down to changing not much more than a few tons of famous names. McNally doesn't just drop names -- he stomps on them, too...These put-downs comprise act one. In act two, the characters take turn reading the bad reviews. Brantley takes more jabs, but frankly, his New York Times reviews are much funnier than McNally's imitations. Many of the jokes would fail if not for Lane, Broderick and their savvy director, Jack O'Brien...Somehow the vet actors deliver and the new talent keeps coming, and it's nice to report that this revival offers not one, but two, spectacular Broadway debuts.

It's Only a Play - Entertainment Weekly
Andnow it's landed on Broadway at last in a hilarious and star-packed evening of theater in-jokes that often plays like a nonmusical version of Forbidden Broadway...Director Jack O'Brien's production reteams Tony winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who these days pack a bigger punch at the box office than in terms of natural onstage chemistry. The two play old friends...But while Lane commands the stage with his quippy narcissism (abetted by some of McNally's strongest meta-jokes), Broderick continues his recent run of stiff, somnambulent, and overly mannered stage performances. The energy and pace of the show deflate whenever he opens his mouth...The rest of the cast, though, enlivens characters who can border on the thanklessly one-dimensional...Despite McNally's considerable revisions, there's just not enough plot here to sustain a two-and-a-half-hour show -- and what plot there is can seem thinner and more obvious than Abraham's toupee...It's Only a Play is a poison-pen mash note to New York theater, at once gleefully bitchy and affectionate. B+


 

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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 BWW News Desk - 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 TV News Desk - 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 TV News Desk - 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 TV News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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 BWW News Desk - 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.
by TV News Desk - February 24, 2015
Tony and Emmy Award winner MARTIN SHORT sits down with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on today's 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael.'
by TV News Desk - February 20, 2015
On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, Jimmy and guest Martin Short get cards with random words, such as tetherball and Beer Nuts, and must work them into a casual conversation about Short's role in Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY.
by TV News Desk - February 10, 2015
On his recent appearance on DAVID LETTERMAN, the funny man flew in a la Peter Pan above the studio audience while singing, 'Fly Me Through The Room'!
by Walter McBride - February 6, 2015
F. Murray Abraham is currently starring in Broadway's It's Only a Play by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld has a fun flashback photo of Abraham circa 1997 below!