We already had word that this production would reunite the team of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick some weeks ago. Now producers are filling in the blanks about the production. Also in the show will be heavy-hitters Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Megan Mullally, as well as Micah Stock. That's some cast.
Jack O'Brien will direct the production, which will play a limited 17-week engagement at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Performances will begin in the fall with an opening night set for Oct. 9.
It's Only a Play takes place on the opening night of Peter Austin's (Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. Alongside him are his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant (that was a real job, once) on his first night in Manhattan.
Cooper previously appeared as John Merrick (the titular Elephant Man) in the Bernard Pomerance drama at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012. Scott Ellis, who directed the Williamstown production, will also stage the Broadway return of the 1979 play that will officially open Nov. 13.
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