Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien will direct the production, which will play a limited 17-week engagement at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Performances will begin in the fall with an opening night set for Oct. 9.
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, 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.
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. Mothers and Sons is nominated for Best Play at the 2014 Tony Awards and currently plays the Golden Theatre. It's Only a Play premiered in New York in 1986 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional casting for the 2014 revival will be announced at a later date.