Nathan Lane, Rupert Grint and Megan Mullally Exit Broadway's It's Only a Play; New Group in the Wings

News   Nathan Lane, Rupert Grint and Megan Mullally Exit Broadway's It's Only a Play; New Group in the Wings
Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, "Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint and Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally play their final performances in Broadway's It's Only a Play Jan. 4 (the production's original closing date). Beginning Jan. 7, Tony winner Matthew Broderick will headline opposite Martin Short.

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

The hit play will also welcome two-time Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off; Promises, Promises) and "30 Rock" alum Maulik Pancholy (in his Broadway debut) in the roles of Julia Budder and Frank Finger, respectively, Jan. 7. 

As previously announced, the star-studded production of Terrence McNally's backstage comedy will transfer to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Jan. 23. Performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre continue through Jan. 18. Tickets are currently on sale for all performances through March 29.

Original cast members F. Murray Abraham, Broderick, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock will remain with the show after its transfer. Broderick will be out March 14-21, 2015.

It's Only a Play officially opened Oct. 9, 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 Grint 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, Mullally 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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