The new Broadway comedy "It's Only a Play" is chock full of some major film and theater talent. NY1’s Frank DiLella recently got a sneak peek at a press conference for the show which was held at the famed theater hangout Joe Allen's.
Megan Mullally, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and then some. I see stars, and they're all heading back to Broadway.
This talented group of performers are all set to star in the upcoming comedy, "It's Only a Play.” The show is written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally and is a nod to what theater types go through on opening nights on Broadway.
“I think it’s the only play I’ve ever written, might be, where everyone who was our first choice said yes,” said McNally.
The show takes place on the opening night of Peter Austin's new play. Broderick plays the fictional playwright.
“An actor opening night is petrifying, but I think sometimes for a playwright, I can’t even imagine because it’s that, you can't hide behind somebody else's ideas,” said Broderick.
Filling out the colorful bunch of characters in the play, Nathan Lane plays Broderick's best friend in the show, Stockard Channing is the leading lady and Mullally is the show's producer.
“She's a little bit ditzy, but she just absolutely loves the theater,” said Mullally.
Broadway newcomer and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint plays a young director in the comedy.
So, did he get any words of wisdom from his real life Broadway and film pal Daniel Radcliffe?
“He didn't give me any kind of, like, “Do this,” kind of advice. It was more me just kind of seeing how much he enjoyed it,” said Grint.
So exactly how true is "It's Only a Play" to an actual Broadway opening night?
Theatre vet Nathan Lane had this to say: “It's very true,” Lane said. “I play a television actor who has a history with the playwright and who was asked to be in the play but turned it down and he's been on television now for year so he’s become really successful. And he is mentioned in the Times review and then sort of attacked. This has happened to me where I’ve been reviewed in a play I wasn’t in.”
To see Lane and company live out their show biz world on stage, you'll have to catch "It's Only A Play" at the Schoenfeld Theatre starting on August 28.