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It's Only A Play

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Closed June 7, 2015

Deliriously dishy...an R-rated sitcom satire with some very funny jokes.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See It's Only A Play?

It's Only a Hit!

Jack O'Brien's star-studded revival of It's Only a Play transfers to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with performances starting from January 23, 2015. Written by four-time Tony winner Terence McNally, this hilariously vulgar theatrical send-up broke house records at previous home the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, and was one of Broadway's biggest hits of 2014. It was originally due to close in January, but due to the phenomenal public demand and glowing critical notices, it has extended its run until the beginning of June only!

Broadway star Nathan Lane returns to the role of insecure comic actor James Wicker, a role he originated for this production before leaving the show for a short time, with Martin Short replacing him. Alongside Lane is audience favourte and two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers) and TV and screen star T. R. Knight. Rounding out the cast are Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Tony and Emmy winner Stockard Channing (The West Wing) and two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off).

What is It's Only a Play About?

Playwright Peter Austin's new play The Golden Egg is having its opening night, and his producer throws a party at her house to celebrate. All the cast and creatives are invited, including the drug addicted lead actress and the play's bad boy young director. Amongst the idle gossip and catty remarks, the mood at the gathering turns from celebratory to anxious, as everyone nervously awaits the show's first press reviews.

Did You Know?

Between them, the cast of It's Only a Play have won six Tonys, four Emmys, one Academy Award and one Golden Globe. Director Jack O'Brien has also won three Tonys.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 28 August 2014

Opening night: 9 October 2014


Recommended for audiences aged 12+ due to strong adult language

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes including an intermission

And before you stop reading

It's Only A Play began its Broadway run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, opening for previews on August 28th 2014 and then opening officially on October 9th. On January 18th 2015, the show moved from the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it opened on January 23rd.

Cast and Creative


Matthew Broderick as Peter Austin
Nathan Lane as James Wicker
T. R. Knight as Felix Finger
Katie Finneran as Julie Budder
F. Murray Abraham as Ira Drew
Stockard Channing as Virginia Noyes
Micah Stock as Gus P. Head


Directed by Jack O'Brien
Written by Terrence McNally
Scenic Design by Scott Pask
Costume Design by Anne Roth
Lighting Design by Philip S. Rosenberg
Sound Design by Fitz Patton
Hair & Make-up by Campbell Young Associates


2015 Tony awards nominations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Micah Stock)


Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - F. Murray Abraham

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