Saturday, April 20, 2024

Martin Short will Replace Nathan Lane in Broadway Smash “It’s Only A Play”


Good news. “It’s Only a Play” will extend beyond January 4th even though Nathan Lane is leaving the hit. Martin Short will replace him in the lead role of James Wicker, opposite Matthew Broderick. There was a fear that the hilarious Terrence McNally revival would close if they couldn’t find a replacement. As it is, Short has replaced Lane before in “The Producers.” “It’s Only a Play” averages $1.3 million a week right now, like a musical more than a play at the box office. It wasn’t like the producers could just shut it down. Maybe Lane will return one day. But for now it’s Martin Short, and he’s just great.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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