It's Only a Play Revival 2014

Run Time:
Two hours and 35 minutes
Opened: October 9, 2014
Closing: June 07, 2015

It's Only a Play - 2014 - Broadway History , Info & More

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!

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Nathan Lane Carries Star-Packed Zinger Fest ‘It’s Only A Play': Broadway Review
6 / 10

Some playwrights (they know who they are) have a middlebrow gift for making audiences feel smart by throwing in just the right dash of intellectual-seeming palaver. McNally has a gift for making the audience feel like Broadway insiders, unleashing an absolute cataract of inside-baseball jokes about shows currently running a few doors down, about theater producers and landlords whose names no-one outside a 10-block radius has ever heard of, and personal competitors like playwright and book-writer Harvey Fierstein...Lane indeed carries the show on his capable shoulders, doling out the cutting lines and abashed double-takes as expertly as a Las Vegas croupier at a gaming table...O'Brien's unimpeachable pacing and the engaged performances may be enough to satisfy even those not in the know. But It's Only A Play is wildly overlong and wears out its welcome a full half-hour before the final curtain. It is, after all, only a play.

BWW Reviews: Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY
8 / 10

Nathan Lane holds the dubious distinction of being one of Broadway's biggest stars while also being one of the stage's most underappreciated actors. Though four Tony Award nominations and two wins is rather nice, it's astonishing to think that someone so highly regarded as one of the few remaining stage stars nationally known primarily for acting in the theatre has gone sixteen times without a nomination. Whether or not number nineteen garners him the honor remains to be seen, but in the first ten minutes or so of Terrance McNally's wickedly funny offstage farce, It's Only A Play, Lane demonstrates why he is undoubtedly one of the greatest stage actors of his generation.

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Micah Stock- 'This is Out of My Realm of Understanding!'
by Nicole Rosky - 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.

Photo Coverage: Tommy Tune Surprises Micah Stock Onstage at 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! 

PHOTO: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Micah Stock Snaps 'Broadway's Biggest Selfie'
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

IT'S ONLY A PLAY Cast Set For Broadway's Biggest Selfie In Times Square Today
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2015

Get in Broadway's biggest selfie!

VIDEO: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Matthew Broderick & Nathan Chat 'Man-Spreading' & More on 'The Talk'
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.

VIDEO: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Nathan Lane Talks Pre-Fame Career & More on 'Live'
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!

BWW Interview: Stockard Channing on Her Road to a Tony, Emmys and More!
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.

BWW Interview: Stockard Channing Reveals How She Fought for Rizzo's Song in GREASE
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.

Photo Coverage: IT'S ONLY A PLAY Toasts the Return of Nathan Lane and New Cast Member T.R. Knight!
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!

Photo Coverage: IT'S ONLY A PLAY Takes Bows with New Cast Members Nathan Lane and T.R. Knight!
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!

BWW Interview: Stockard Channing on Life in IT'S ONLY A PLAY- 'It Has Been Fortuitous'
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.

VIDEO: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Nathan Lane Recalls His Biggest Broadway Flops on 'Late Night'
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.

Nathan Lane, T.R. Knight Join Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY Tonight
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.

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Stockard Channing!
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!

T.R. Knight to Replace Maulik Pancholy in Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY
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.

Tony Winner Nathan Lane Will Return to Broadway's Hit Comedy IT'S ONLY A PLAY!
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.

DVR Alert: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Martin Short Visits LIVE Today
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.'

VIDEO: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Martin Short Plays 'Word Sneak' & More on TONIGHT
by Caryn Robbins - 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.

VIDEO: Martin Short Makes 'Fly Me Through the Room' Entrance on LETTERMAN!
by Caryn Robbins - 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'!

It's Only a Play FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

It's Only a Play has had 2 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1986 and Broadway which opened in 2014.
It's Only a Play has been nominated for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at the Drama League Awards for Terrence McNally. Micah Stock received a Theatre World Award at the Theatre World Awards.
"It's Only a Play" has won the Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at the Drama League Awards and the Theatre World Award for Micah Stock.

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