While you were trying to see all the Tony-nominated shows before Sunday's Awards, here’s what was happening this week In the Wings.
Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing and F. Murray Abraham will join Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in “It’s Only a Play.” The revival of Terrence McNally’s comedy, about the cast and creative team of a new play on opening night as they wait to see if their show is a hit, will play a strictly limited 17-week engagement at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opening night is set for Oct. 9, under Jack O’Brien’s direction. [More info]
Julia Stiles will return to the New York stage this summer. The “10 Things I Hate About You” actress will star in a new Off-Broadway production of Scott Organ’s dark romantic comedy “Phoenix” at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The limited engagement begins performances July 28, opens Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 23. James Wirt will co-star. [More info]
John Hawkes (“The Sessions”) and Tracie Thoms (“Rent”) will appear in “Lost Lake.” The world premiere drama, by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Aburn (“Proof”), begins previews Oct. 21 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, with a Nov. 11 opening night. Daniel Sullivan (“The Snow Geese”) will direct. Thoms was recently seen on an episode of MTV’s hit show “Catfish,” confronting a superfan who catfished her on Twitter. [More info]
“All the Way” recoups investment. The historical play, starring Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, has gone from breaking bank to making bank, having recouped its $3.9 million investment in under four months. “All the Way” is up for two Tony awards on Sunday — best play and best leading actor. It is expected to win both. The limited engagement of “All the Way” continues through June 29. [More info]
Watch Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone’s “Candide” anytime. The New York Philharmonic’s concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s satirical operetta is now available for purchase or rental from Digital Theatre. Featuring classic songs like “Glitter and Be Gay,” “It Must Be So” and “Make Our Garden Grow,” “Candide” also stars Paul Groves and Sir Thomas Allen. [More info]
Celebs flock to new production of “Hair.” Every year, the Hollywood Bowl puts on a musical production with A-list talent. (Consider this the only time of year we ever wish we lived in L.A.). This year, it’s “Hair,” directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”). The stars are big. Kristen Bell (“Frozen”), Hunter Parrish (“Weeds”), Amber Riley (“Glee”), Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”), Benjamin Walker (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”), recording star Mario and legendary actress Beverly D’Angelo, who also starred in the 1979 film version of “Hair.” If you care to book a ticket to L.A., “Hair” runs Aug 1-3. [More info]