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Maulik Pancholy to Make Broadway Debut in It's Only a Play

Maulik Pancholy to Make Broadway Debut in It's Only a Play

It's only a Broadway debut for Maulik Pancholy, who joins the star-studded cast of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play beginning January 7, 2015.

Best known for his work on 30 Rock and Weeds, the Screen Actors Guild Award winner replaces Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as Frank Finger, the angsty young director of the backstage comedy's play-within-a-play.

Also as of January 7, It's Only a Play will welcome Tony winner Katie Finneran, who replaces Megan Mullally. As previously announced, Tony winner Martin Short will step in for the departing Nathan Lane. Original stars F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, and Micah Stock will remain with the production.

McNally's newly revised comedy, which premiered off-Broadway in 1986, marks the Tony-winning playwright's 21st Broadway production. Directed by out Tony winner Jack O'Brien, It's Only a Play officially opened October 9 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with Tom Kirdahy, McNally's husband, as a lead producer. Kirdahy recently produced McNally's Tony-nominated gay-themed drama Mothers and Sons.

Recently extended through March 29, It’s Only a Play will play the Schoenfeld through January 18 before moving to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre beginning January 23.

Pancholy's additional television credits include Whitney, Web Therapy, and Nickelodeon's Sanjay & Craig. His New York theater credits include Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend FreedomAunt Dan & LemonThe AwakeIndia Awaiting, and The Happy Sad.

2013 Out100 honoree, Pancholy married longtime boyfriend Ryan Corvaia earlier this year. Active with a number of non-profit and social policy organizations, he was named to President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

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