Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Will Return to Broadway in Terrence McNally Play

By Andrew Gans
01 May 2014

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who made history in the Mel Brooks musical The Producers — which won more Tony Awards than any other Broadway production — will reunite in an updated version of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play.



The New York Times reports that Tony winner Jack O'Brien will direct the production, which will open in September at a Broadway theatre to be announced.

McNally's husband, Tom Kirdahy, is the lead producer of the comedy, which will cast Broderick as a nervous playwright and Lane as his backbiting friend. Manhattan Theatre Club presented It's Only a Play in 1986 with a cast led by James Coco.

"I've wanted to do the play for a while, but so much has changed,” McNally told the New York Times, “so I did a rewrite ... The world of Broadway has changed drastically since the original...When it was written, one person raised the money for a show. Those days are gone.”

Broderick and Lane also shared the stage in a revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. McNally is currently represented on Broadway with the Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons.