Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham and Tony winner Stockard Channing will return to the Great White Way in a newly revised version of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, joining the previously announced Tony winners Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Emmy winner Megan Mullally (who revealed her involvement earlier this week). Micah Stock will also appear in the comedy in his Broadway debut. Jack O’Brien will direct the production, which is set to begin performances this fall at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opening night is set for October 9. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Abraham received an Oscar for his performance as Salieri in the film adaptation of Amadeus. He most recently appeared on Broadway in Mauritius; his additional stage credits include Triumph of Love, A Month in the Country, Angels in America and Macbeth. Channing took home a Tony for Joe Egg and has been nominated for her performances in Other Desert Cities, Pal Joey, The Lion in Winter, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves.
It's Only a Play is set on the opening night of Broderick's character Peter Austin's 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 (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. There's no business like show business.