Nathan Lane returns to It's Only a Play - 31 March



Producers of the star-studded Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only a Play have announced that original cast member Nathan Lane will return to the production on 31 March 2015, following his sell out run in BAM's production of 'The Iceman Cometh'.

He will take over the role of 'James Wicker' from Martin Short who will depart the production on 29 March 2015. The comedy is now booking through to 7 June 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

It's Only a Play opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 9 October 2014, following previews from 28 August, to mixed reviews, and transferred to its current home of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from 23 January 2015.

Synopsis: "The comedy is set on the opening night of Peter Austin's new play, as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. On the biggest night of his life, he shares this with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant. It's Only a Play is a Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway."

Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, the current cast includes F. Murray Abraham (Ira Drew), Matthew Broderick (Peter Austin), Stockard Channing (Virginia Noyes), Katie Finneran (Julia Budder), Maulik Pancholy (Frank Finger), Martin Short (James Wicker), and Micah Stock (Gus P. Head).

The creative team of It's Only a Play features scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Philip Rosenberg, and sound design by Fitz Patton.

It's Only a Play is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Morris Berchard and Susan Dietz, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jim Fantaci, Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hugh Hayes, Jim Herbert, Ricardo F. Hornos, Stephanie Kramer, LAMS Productions, Scott Landis, Mark Lee and Ed Filipowski, Harold Newman, Roy Putrino, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes and Peter Stern, and Brian Cromwell Smith.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

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