Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Will Return to Broadway in Terrence McNally Play

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01 May 2014

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who made history in the Mel Brooks musical The Producers — which won more Tony Awards than any other Broadway production — will reunite in an updated version of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play.

The New York Times reports that Tony winner Jack O'Brien will direct the production, which will open in September at a Broadway theatre to be announced.

McNally's husband, Tom Kirdahy, is the lead producer of the comedy, which will cast Broderick as a nervous playwright and Lane as his backbiting friend. Manhattan Theatre Club presented It's Only a Play in 1986 with a cast led by James Coco.

"I've wanted to do the play for a while, but so much has changed,” McNally told the New York Times, “so I did a rewrite ... The world of Broadway has changed drastically since the original...When it was written, one person raised the money for a show. Those days are gone.”

Broderick and Lane also shared the stage in a revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. McNally is currently represented on Broadway with the Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons.