Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Take Their Final Bows in It's Only a Play Today

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Terrence McNally's star-studded backstage comedy It's Only a Play, which reunited The Producers co-stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, plays its final performance June 7 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The production is produced by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport; it received one Tony nomination for the show's only newcomer, Micah Stock, who was recognized in the Featured Actor in a Play category.

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

It opened Oct. 9, 2014, following previews that began Aug. 28, 2014, at the Gerald Scoenfeld Theatre. The production transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Jan. 23 when The Audience moved in.

Click here to read the critics' reviews. The production is helmed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien.

It recouped its $3.9 million capitalization Dec. 17, 2014. The show was breaking house records at the Schoenfeld Theatre since opening, and it became the first show of the 2014-15 Broadway season to recoup.

By the time of closing, the production will have played 274 regular performances and 48 previews. The play currently stars T.R. Knight as young director Frank Finger, F. Murray Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Broderick as playwright Peter Austin, Stockard Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Lane as television star James Wicker, Katie 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 (Finneran), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Knight), 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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