Nathan Lane Returns to Broadway's It's Only a Play Tonight; T.R. Knight Joins Cast, Too

News   Nathan Lane Returns to Broadway's It's Only a Play Tonight; T.R. Knight Joins Cast, Too
Emmy Award-nominated actor T.R. Knight, known for his television work on "Grey's Anatomy," joins the cast of Broadway's It's Only a Play in the role of Frank Finger March 31 — the same day that two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane returns to the cast in the role of James Wicker. 

Knight replaces Maulik Pancholy in the role created on Broadway by Rupert Grint.

Knight and Lane continue with the production, produced by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport, through its scheduled closing date of June 7.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Photo by Joan Marcus

Knight was seen on Broadway opposite Sir Patrick Stewart in A Life in the Theatre. He also starred as Leo Frank in the musical Parade at CTG/Mark Taper Forum, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford; the film "42," a Jackie Robinson biopic, starring Harrison Ford and directed by Brian Helgeland; and the television comedy "Charlie Lawrence" for CBS, opposite Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf

The star-studded production of Terrence McNally's backstage comedy transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Jan. 23. The play welcomed Tony winner Martin Short (temporarily replacing Lane), two-time Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off; Promises, Promises) and "30 Rock" alum Pancholy (in his Broadway debut) in the roles of James Wicker, Julia Budder and Frank Finger, respectively. 

Original cast members F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock have remained with the show after its transfer.  It's Only a Play officially opened Oct. 9, 2014, following previews that began Aug. 28. Click here to read the critics' reviews. The production is helmed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien.

The play currently stars Knight as young director Frank Finger, Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Broderick as playwright Peter Austin, Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Lane as television star James Wicker, Finneran as producer Julia Budder and 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!"


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