More Matthew! Matthew Broderick Extends Contract for Broadway's It's Only a Play

News   More Matthew! Matthew Broderick Extends Contract for Broadway's It's Only a Play
Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick has extended his contract with Broadway's It's Only A Play, producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport announced Nov. 13. Beginning Jan. 7, 2015, Broderick will headline opposite Martin Short. 

Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick Photo by Joan Marcus

Broderick will continue to star in the production through its new end date, March 29, 2015. As previously announced, Nathan Lane will exit the production Jan. 4, 2015 (the original closing date), to prepare for his upcoming performance in director Robert Falls' production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015.

Broderick said in a statement, "It's been my great joy to return to Broadway with Nathan — but now that he's headed to Brooklyn, I can think of no greater scene partner than my friend and colleague Martin Short. To celebrate his arrival at It's Only A Play, we thought it would be best to move to the theatre next door and start the play all over again."

The star-studded Broadway production of Terrence McNally's backstage comedy will transfer to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Jan. 23, 2015. Performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre continue through Jan. 18, 2015.  

Tickets are currently on sale for all performances through March 29.

Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play officially opened Oct. 9, following previews that began Aug. 28. Click here to read the critics' reviews. The production, helmed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, plays a limited 18-week engagement through Jan. 4, 2015.

The play stars "Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint as young director Frank Finger, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick as playwright Peter Austin, Tony Award winner Stockard Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Tony Award winner Lane as television star James Wicker, Emmy Award winner Megan 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

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!"

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

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.

Tickets for It's Only a Play are available by visiting For groups of 20 or more, call (855) 329-2932.


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