It's Only a Record Breaker; Terrence McNally Play Sets Box-Office Record | Playbill

News It's Only a Record Breaker; Terrence McNally Play Sets Box-Office Record The star-studded Broadway production of the backstage comedy It's Only a Play, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, has set the all-time box-office record at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport announced Oct. 20.

Megan Mullally and Nathan Lane
Megan Mullally and Nathan Lane Photo by Joan Marcus

For the week ending Oct. 19, the production grossed $1,375,481 in the 1,083-seat theatre, the highest for any eight-show week at the Schoenfeld. Prior to It's Only a Play, A Steady Rain, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, held the house record ($1,292,210), set in December 2009.

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 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.


Production Photos: It's Only a Play (2014)

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