(Erik Piepenburg’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/6; via Pam Green.)

The hit Broadway comedy “It’s Only a Play” has a new star, a new home and a new closing date.

The show’s producers announced on Thursday that the Tony Award-winning actor Martin Short (“Little Me”) will take over the role played by Nathan Lane when Mr. Lane departs the production on Jan. 4, 2015. Mr. Short’s first performance will be on Jan. 7. His last Broadway appearance was in the 2006 show “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.”


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