The Verdict: Critics Review Starry Comedy It's Only a Play on Broadway

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Starry Comedy It's Only a Play on Broadway Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and Rupert Grint eagerly await the reviews in Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only A Play, a spoof on what it takes to make a show a hit, which officially opened Oct. 9 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Megan Mullally and Nathan Lane
Megan Mullally and Nathan Lane Photo by Joan Marcus

The production, which stars The Producers co-stars Lane and Broderick, has already taken in millions at the box office and plays a limited 18-week engagement through Jan. 4, 2015.

The play also stars "Harry Potter" actor Grint as young director Frank Finger, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Tony Award winner Broderick as playwright Peter Austin, Tony Award winner Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Tony Award winner Lane as television star James Wicker, Emmy Award winner Mullally as producer Julia Budder and Micah Stock as the wide-eyed Gus P. Head.

Click here to read whether or not the starry cast of It's Only a Play read their own reviews

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers.

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Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien helms the production, which began previews Aug. 28 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld (236 West 45th Street).

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!"

Lane and Broderick co-starred in the Tony-winning hit musical The Producers, for which Lane won a 2001 Tony Award. Lane is also a Tony winner for A Funny Thing Happened…, and Broderick is a Tony winner for How to Succeed… and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Click here to read the Playbill magazine feature with Lane and Broderick, who discuss their latest Broadway outing

Channing is a Tony winner for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Abraham is an Academy Award winner for "Amadeus," and Mullally is best known for her Emmy-winning work on "Will & Grace."

Four-time Tony Award-winning playwright McNally recently celebrated the premiere of his 20th Broadway production, Mothers and Sons, which marks his 50th year on Broadway. 

It's Only a Play also features scenic design by Tony winner Scott Pask, costume design by Academy Award and Tony winner Ann Roth, lighting design 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.

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