F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Megan Mullally Join Broadway Revival of 'It's Only a Play'

9:53 AM PST 06/04/2014 by David Rooney
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Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Megan Mullally

The actors join Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in an updated version of the the 1986 theater-biz comedy by Terrence McNally, a Tony nominee this year for "Mothers and Sons."

NEW YORK – A starry cast of stage veterans is coming together for the fall Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's 1986 comedy, It's Only a Play, joining previously announced leads Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and Broadway newcomer Micah Stock have signed on to the production, a revised version of McNally's insider theater comedy about a playwright sweating out an opening night party at the home of his novice producer, while waiting to see if his work will be a hit.

McNally's Mothers and Sons is nominated this year for a Tony for best play, putting him up against Robert Schenkkan's All the Way, James Lapine's Act OneHarvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina and John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar.

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Jack O'Brien directs the revival, which begins previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre at a date to be determined this fall. Official opening night of the 17-week limited engagement is set for Oct. 9.

Broderick takes on the role of nervous playwright Peter Austin, with Lane as his back-biting television-star best friend. The actors previously teamed on Broadway and generated record-breaking box office on the Mel Brooks musical, The Producers, and on a hit revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.

Mullally will play the fledgling producer, with Channing as the show's erratic leading lady, Abraham as an acerbic drama critic and Stock as a wide-eyed coat check attendant.

Channing won a Tony Award for lead actress in a play in 1985 for Joe Egg, while Abraham won the best actor Oscar that same year for Amadeus. Mullally won Primetime Emmys in 2000 and 2006 for her role on Will & Grace.

Lead producers on the It's Only a Play revival are Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport. Additional casting is to be announced.

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