Published On: Sat, May 3rd, 2014

Matthew Broderick to hook up again with Nathan Lane on Broadway

Broderick, who starred alongside Lane in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” is scheduled to appear with him again this Autumn in Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play”.

Matthew Broderick, who along with this long term stage partner Nathan Lane played to packed houses on Broadway in the stage adaptation of Mel Brook’s classic comedy “ The producers ” is looking likely to be returning there this autumn once again in the company of Lane in Terrence McNally’s 1986 comedy entitled “It’s Only a Play”, once again about life in the theater.

With details still sketchy on the proposed production, the one thing that is certain is the that will be hoping for similar success to that of the producers which ran for six years and three  days, after opening in April 2001,  following 33 preview performances and 2, 502 regular performances all of them at the St. James Theatre on Broadway, picking up  twelve Tony Awards during its record-breaking run with Broderick playing the  part  of Leo Bloom, the neurotic  accountant dovetailing beautifully with  Lane who starred as   Max Bialystock, the manipulative producer.

What may possibly make “It’s Only a Play” so compelling is its similarities to “ The Producers.” This time around the story line is based around the opening night of  a fictional Broadway musical “The Golden Egg”,   with the story taking place  at one of the producer’s houses, where the director, the show’s leading lady, the playwright ( played by Broderick), one of the show’s actors  (played by Lane), as well as other cast members and sundry characters  await the  early press  containing the show’s opening reviews. The principal difference between “It’s Only a Play”  and “ The Producers, is that this time around the cast wants the show to succeed!

While no exact dates or venues for the new production have been announced as yet, and neither  Lane or  Broderick has reportedly signed a contract, veteran  director Jack O’Brien and producer Tom Kirdahy,  who also happens to McNally’s partner, are already in place.

In a recent interview Terence  McNally revealed that he had been planning to bring “It’s Only a Play “ back to the stage for some time, but before he could do so it required a complete re-write. McNally went on to add that the production and direction team had even invited Broderick and Lane  to  take part in  an informal reading which  “went off like a speeding bullet.”

The original version of  “It’s Only A Play”  last featured  on the  New York stage way back in  1986 at  the Manhattan Theater Club. ,

Matthew Broderick, best known to film lovers for playing the title  part in the comedy classic  “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” released way back in  1986 has enjoyed a remarkable career on  Broadway, not only with  “The  Producers” but also starring in  “The Odd Couple” , “Biloxi Blues” , “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”  and “Brighton Beach Memoirs”.

Matthew’s most recent  Broadway appearance was in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” which ran between March 2012 and June 2012 at the Imperial Theater.

Matthew Broderick  has won two Tony Awards, one in 1983 for his featured role in the play Brighton Beach Memoirs, making  him  the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, a record which remains intact till this day.

Matthew was also  a nominee for a Tony Award as  Best Actor in a Musical  for his part in the  The Producers,  which ironically went to his  co-star Nathan Lane.

Matthew Broderick has been married to another iconic New York  figure, actress, Sarah Jessica Parker since 1997. The couple has three children.

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