I met Ron Weasley & Ferris Bueller!!! (#RupertGrint & #MatthewBroderick ) Wish I had met Rizzo & #NathanLane !!! Love #StockardChanning & rest!#ItsOnlyASelfie #ItsOnlyAPlay #broadway #geraldschoenfeldtheatre #nyc#excellent
Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 10/19/2014.
Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that the star-studded Broadway production of the backstage comedy It’s Only a Play has set the all-time box office record at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). It’s Only a Play’s gross for the week ending October 19, 2014 was $1,375,481.00 in the 1083 seat theatre, the highest for any eight-show week at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Prior to It’s Only a Play, A Steady Rain starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig held the house record ($1,292,210.00) set in December 2009.
For the week ending Oct. 19, the production grossed $1,375,481 in the 1,083-seat theatre, the highest for any eight-show week at the Schoenfeld. Prior to It’s Only a Play, A Steady Rain, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, held the house record ($1,292,210), set in December 2009.
The production, helmed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, plays a limited 18-week engagement through Jan. 4, 2015.
The play stars “Harry Potter” actor Rupert Grint as young director Frank Finger, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham as critic Ira Drew, Tony Award winner Broderick as playwright Peter Austin, Tony Award winner Stockard Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Tony Award winner Lane as television star James Wicker, Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally as producer Julia Budder and Micah Stock as the wide-eyed Gus P. Head.
In It’s Only a Play, according to producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport, “it’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — reminding audiences why there’s no business like show business. Thank God!”
It’s Only A Play is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Morris Berchard and Susan Dietz, Caiola Productions, Carl Daikeler, Jim Fantaci, Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag and Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hugh Hayes, Jim Herbert, Ricardo F. Hornos, Stephanie Kramer, LAMS Productions, Scott Landis, Mark Lee and Ed Filipowski, Harold Newman, Roy Putrino, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes and Peter Stern, and Brian Cromwell Smith.
Tickets for It’s Only a Play are available by visiting Telecharge.com. For groups of 20 or more, call (855) 329-2932.
I’m such a pop-culture vulture. I love everything from airport paparazzi pictures to reality TV to theater and film, so watching It’s Only a Play is a perfect night out for folks like me. It’s jammed with references: Madonna, Mrs. Clinton, theKardashians, Kelly Ripa, Ben Brantley. Even if you’re not a theater insider who spends their nights like I do, eating at Joe Allen’s, you’ll definitely be in on the joke.
The premise of the show is rife with avenues for comedy. It’s the opening night party of a new American play, staged at the posh apartment of its dizzy producer (Megan Mullally), as everyone waits for the reviews to come in. The cast is a modern take on Grand Hotel. The hilarious Nathan Lane, the perfectly deadpanMatthew Broderick, the riotous Stockard Channing, the always-entertainingMullally, and the endlessly talented F. Murray Abraham knock it out of the park. The cherry on the cake is Rupert Grint, playing the insane director. This role definitely moved him past Harry Potter. Also, who doesn’t love a great Broadway debut? Micah Stock in his first Broadway role as the stock-in-trade newbie on the New York scene was just great.
Playwright Terrence McNally packs the show with zinger after zinger, updating the pop-culture references from the original production back in the eighties to make everything totally current. The show is directed by Jack O’Brien, who understands that no matter how much we look at our phones or devices, nothing beats a perfectly timed belly laugh. You’d have to be made of stone not to crack a smile.
The Park Avenue set was perfectly realized by Scott Pask, and the legendary costume designer Ann Roth, as always, gets it right. In fact, clothes play a big part in the characterization of the story. The coats of all the guests at this insane opening night party tell everything about their owners—from Lady Gaga’s clear plastic to Daniel Radcliffe’s tiny coat to Tommy Tune’s gigantic faux fur to the tribal coats from the Lion King cast. Yes, even the fashion makes you laugh!
@ItsOnlyAPlay thanks for casting this beautiful Brit