It’s Only A Play Begins Previews on Broadway
There is truly never better when it comes to Broadway being Broadway! What exactly are we talking about you ask? Oh, you know the classic show about a show kind of show. This time around though, Broadway is giving its classic pitch a spin. While we all can relate to putting on a show and making it happen, we all deal with the same anxiety following it; Did they like us? This updated comedy hitting Broadway for the first time this season will explore that venue as we see the ups and downs following an opening night while still remembering in the end, there is truly no business like show business. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that It’s Only A Play begins previews on Broadway Tonight!
It’s Only A Play is a play written by four-time Tony Award winner Terrance McNally. The play tells the story of a group of theatre people waiting around on an opening night to see how their show is received by the critics! It’s playwright Peter Austin’s new play and his career is on the line.He shares the night with his friends, leading lady, producer, director and many more in this hilarious comedy that is just downright ridiculous and reminds the audience that there is no business like show business!
It’s Only A Play begins previews tonight on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The production is set to officially open on October 9th, 2014. It is playing a strictly limited engagement of 18 weeks only on Broadway through January 4th, 2015. It’s Only A Play appeared Off-Off Broadway in 1982 and was produced Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center in 1986. However, this will mark the first time the play has appeared on Broadway. McNally has rewritten portions of the play in order to make it more up to date. McNally recently celebrated his 20th production on Broadway, Mothers And Sons in spring 2014, which also marked his 50th on Broadway.
Leading this production back to the Great White Way are two of Broadway’s favorite co-stars, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick! Lane stars as TV star James Wicker while Broderick stars as playwright Peter Austin. And that is only the beginning of the big names attached to this show. The cast also features Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as director Frank Finger, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Tony Award winner Stockard Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally as producer Julia Budder and Micah Stock as Gus P. Head.
When asked about the dream cast for the production, McNally went on to say:
“Well, we’re very lucky. We sent the script to these people. Everyone of them is our first choice — that doesn’t happen too often, and everybody said yes very quickly, so the show was cast in about 24-48 hours, with the exception of Rupert Grint because he was on-location, and his script was sent on the Internet, and there was no Wi-Fi reception where he was filming, so it took three or four days to get a yes from him. They responded to the script, and I think they all wanted to work with Jack O’Brien, too.” (Playbill)
Helming this incredible cast of talented actors is the even more incredible three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Pictured Right) who is directing the piece. The rest of the creative team includes three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask as scenic designer, Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth as costume designer, Philip S. Rosenberg as lighting designer, Drama Desk nominee Fitz Patton as sound designer and Campbell Young Associates as hair, wig and makeup designers.
It’s no surprise that Luner on Theatre is always excited to see a production on Broadway! However, we can’t help but contain our excitement for this play specifically! Not only do we love the concept of the piece itself, but look at that team! WHAAAAAAAAAT? *Closes Mouth* It’s out of this world! Things like this are not supposed to happen! I am very much looking to seeing this show with this stellar cast. I do not recall the last time I saw a show so heavily stacked before. And while there is no doubt the producers are paying big time for the names they have, they are easily making it back. Last week, still a full week before previews even began for the play, the show had an $8 million dollar pre-sale. Who knows what it has amounted to since then. Only time will tell. Lane and Broderick are two stellar names known for breaking box office records. They made history with The Producers in 2001 bringing in $3 million dollars the day after the production opened on Broadway. Their record was only then defeated by themselves yet again in 2003 when they returned to The Producers and raked in $3.5 million in one day. And this time around, they are just only 2 of many big names to bring in the bucks.
It’s Only A Play is appearing on Broadway for 18 weeks only through January 4th, 2015! While many can hope and wish for an extension, with such big names, this may indeed put the STRICT back into strictly limited for Broadway. Huge stars like this have projects lined up for months at a time. Don’t miss your chance to see this one folks – we know that we won’t! For more information, visit It’s Only A Play’s Official Broadway Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!