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January 13, 2015
It's Only a Play

A star-studded cast and wickedly humorous script penned by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally made It’s Only a Play THE smash hit of 2014. Fortunately for those slow show-goers that have yet to see it, this paean to NYC’s self-congratulating theatre set has extended its Broadway stay through March, moving across to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The additional season will have Matthew Broderick – in his role as the lovable lead – joined for the first time by Emmy award-winner Martin Short, 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy and New York favourite Katie Finneran.

First appearing Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 and then again in 1986, this latest reprisal of the production has seen the script reworked by the merciless McNally who has shovelled on a thick stage-makeup layer of fresh showbiz snark, taking aim at everyone from Catherine Zeta Jones to the cast of The Lion King. But, despite the years since its inception, the largely untouched plot premise of a nerve-stricken playwright (Broderick) and his cohort of hilariously cliched colleagues anxiously awaiting the first reviews of their new show, remains on-point and a rollickingly good laugh. It’s only a play, but we like it!

Until 18 Jan, 2015 at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre / 236 West 45th St / and 23 Jan-29 Mar at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre / 242 West 45th St / both on +1 212 239 6200 / box office 10am-8.30pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / itsonlyaplay.com

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