Lane, who departed the Broadway run Jan. 4 in order to star in the Goodman Theatre production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, was succeeded by Martin Short in the Terrence McNally comedy.
Lane's commitment with Iceman Cometh concludes March 15. He will return to It's Only a Play March 31, continuing with the production through its final performance on June 7 at the Jacobs Theatre. Short will play his final performance as scheduled March 29.
The play currently stars Maulik Pancholy as young director Frank Finger, F. Murray Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Matthew Broderick as playwright Peter Austin, Stockard Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Katie Finneran as producer Julia Budder and Micah Stock as the wide-eyed Gus P. Head.
It's Only a Play officially opened Oct. 9, following previews that began Aug. 28, 2014. Click here to read the critics' reviews. The production is helmed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. Click here to read whether or not the starry cast of It's Only a Play read their own reviews.
In It's Only a Play, according to producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport, "it's opening night of Peter Austin's (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 (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — reminding audiences why there’s no business like show business. Thank God!"