Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Jewish Business News

Culture & Art

Broderick, Lane, Take in $5.5 Million in ‘It’s Only a Play’ Pre-Sales

(L-R)  Actors Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick  / Getty

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are starring in a revival of Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play” this fall. The play opens Oct. 9, but, as the NY Post reports, has already grossed $5.5 million, which puts it at the top for the season.

Last time Broderick and Lane were together, in a 2005 revival of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple, ” things weren’t nearly as rich.

But all’s forgiven, and Broadway’s winning team of Mel Brooks’ 2001 “The Producers” are in the money. To remind you, on the day the Brooks show opened, they sold $3 million in tickets, and then, when Broderick and Lane returned to the show in 2003, they and sold $3.5 million in one day.

Please help us out :
Will you offer us a hand? Every gift, regardless of size, fuels our future.
Your critical contribution enables us to maintain our independence from shareholders or wealthy owners, allowing us to keep up reporting without bias. It means we can continue to make Jewish Business News available to everyone.
You can support us for as little as $1 via PayPal at
Thank you.

That was a musical. The rules are different for the quieter arts, and so $5.5 million is not bad at all. The Post now considers Broderick and Lane the equals of other Broadway starts who only have to put their name up on the marquis and folks throw money at them: Denzel Washington (“A Raisin in the Sun”), Daniel Craig (“Betrayal”), Julia Roberts (“Three Days of Rain”), and Hugh Jackman (“Back on Broadway”).

“It’s Only a Play” premiered in 1982, so if you were not at least a teenager at the time, you probably won’t get many of the inside jokes. So McNally’s been updating the script, adding fresh jabs at people who are still alive today. The updated list of victims includes Harvey Fierstein, Jordan Roth and Rosie O’Donnell.

“Who needs money when you’re funny?” Everybody.



You May Also Like

World News

In the 15th Nov 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:   ·         A new Israeli treatment brings hope to relapsed leukemia...


The Movie The Professional is what made Natalie Portman a Lolita.


After two decades without a rating system in Israel, at the end of 2012 an international tender for hotel rating was published.  Invited to place bids...

VC, Investments

You may not become a millionaire, but there is a lot to learn from George Soros.