Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will be back on the stage together in the near future. The New York Times reports that the duo will star in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, as directed by Jack O’Brien. The show is set to open sometime in September, with an exact date and theater to be announced at a later time.
It’s Only a Play will feature Broderick as an anxious playwright attempting to make it through the opening night of his play, The Golden Egg. Lane will star alongside him as his sarcastic friend. Set at one of the producer’s houses, the director, the show’s leading lady, the playwright and his best friend, an insecure actor, a hypocritical drama critic, a servant aspiring to be a singer, and a hard-worn taxi drive have barricaded themselves in the upstairs bedroom awaiting the show’s reviews. The production was last seen in 1986 at the Manhattan Theater Club starring James Coco.
The last time the pair appeared together on Broadway was in The Odd Couple. Prior to that, the pair starred in well loved production The Producers. Most recently, Lane starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance for which he earned a 2013 Best Actor Tony nomination. He garnered another nomination for his role as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Lane has earned a Tony Award for his work in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Broderick’s last appearance on Broadway was in Nice Work If You Can Get It. He won Tony Awards for his work in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Additionally, he earned a nomination for The Producers.