MARTIN SHORT JOINS “ITS ONLY A PLAY”
BROADWAY’S SMASH HIT
“IT’S ONLY A PLAY”
TONY® AND EMMY® AWARD WINNER
M A R T I N S H O R T
TO THE CAST
TERRENCE McNALLY COMEDY
MOVES NEXT DOOR TO THE
BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE
**TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE**
New York, NY (November 6, 2014) – Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Broadway’s record-breaking, star-studded smash hit It’s Only a Play by 4-time Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally, will extend, and with a new star: Tony® and Emmy® Award winner Martin Short will assume the role of ‘James Wicker’ originated by Nathan Lane, who departs January 4th to prepare for his upcoming performance in director Robert Falls’ production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015. Previously scheduled as a limited engagement through January 4th, It’s Only a Play will extend at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (where it has shattered house records) through January 18, 2015 and then transfer to its sibling Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) starting January 23, 2015 and currently scheduled through March 29, 2015. Short officially joins the company for performances beginning January 7, 2015. Tickets are now on sale for all performances through March 29th.
The biggest hit of the new season, It’s Only A Play, is now in performances and celebrated its opening night on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick, Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Stockard Channing, international film sensation Rupert Grint, Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy® Award winner Megan Mullally, and newcomer Micah Stock star in It’s Only a Play. 3-time Tony® Award winner Jack O’Brien directs. For more information, please visit www.ItsOnlyAPlay.com.
In It’s Only A Play, it’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Matthew 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 (Nathan Lane), his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director (Rupert Grint), an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.
Mr. McNally—a four-time Tony® Award winning playwright—recently celebrated the premiere of his 20th Broadway production, Mothers and Sons, which marks his 50th year on Broadway. Mothers and Sons, which was nominated for Best Play at the 2014 Tony® Awards, ended its celebrated Broadway run June 22, 2014 at the Golden Theatre and will be seen in more than twenty countries next year.
The design team for It’s Only A Play includes scenic design by Tony® winner Scott Pask, costume design by Academy Award® and Tony® winner Ann Roth, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, and sound design by Fitz Patton.
Tickets are available by visiting the Schoenfeld Theatre box office Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8:30pm; Sunday, 12 – 6pm; by visiting the Jacobs Theatre box office Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8:30pm; Sunday, 12 – 6pm; or online at Telecharge.com. For groups of 20 or more, call 855-329-2932.
It’s Only A Play is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Morris Berchard and Susan Dietz, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jim Fantaci, Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hugh Hayes, Jim Herbert, Ricardo F. Hornos, Stephanie Kramer, LAMS Productions, Scott Landis, Mark Lee and Ed Filipowski, Harold Newman, Roy Putrino, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes and Peter Stern, and Brian Cromwell Smith.
“Deliriously Dishy. It’s Only a Play is a hit!”
-Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Hilarious! The hottest ticket in town – and rightly so”
-Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
“Wickedly funny. A pure hoot, a rollicking comedy with perfect casting
and deft direction by Jack O’Brien that gleefully dissects modern Broadway.
You won’t want the night to end”
-Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
“Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play is that rare Broadway comedy
that’s as smart as it is funny”
-Linda Winer, Newsday
“A fierce, uproarious new play”
-Elysa Gardner, USA Today
“The funniest play on Broadway in years!”
-Rob Shuter, VH1