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Moore’s summer play is a comedy of Broadway

May 7th, 2015


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Joe Moore, left;  Paul Mitri, above

For his summer stage vehicle, Joe Moore, KHON2 anchor, has tapped Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play,” a comedy still running on Broadway. It will open an 11-performance run June 18 and continue through June 28 at the Hawaii Theatre.Directed by Logan Reed, who worked with playwright McNally on this play on the Great White Way, the play features Moore as James Wicker, a television star enacted by Nathan Lane on Broadway, with Paul Mitri playing Peter Astin, a playwright being played by Matthew Broderick.

Lane and Broderick were the one-two punch of another Broadway-themed Broadway blockbuster, Mel Brooks'  Tony Award-winning "The Producers."

Described as a Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway, “It's Only a Play” combines backstage and onstage antics and deals with the opening night trauma of the playwright anxiously awaiting to see if his show is a hit. His best friend is the TV star and the characters include a fledgling producer, played by Linda Purl; a somewhat erratic diva of a leading lady, enacted by Cathy Foy; a genius director portrayed by Ryan Wuestewald, an infamous drama critic played by Tom Holowach;  and a fresh-to-New York coat check attendant played by Deszmond Gilla.

It’s both a celebration of the world of the stage, on both sides of the footlights. For local audiences, it’s an opportunity to examine a play while it’s still in a run on Broadway.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. June 18, 7:30 p.m. June 19, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 20, 2 p.m. June 21, 7 p.m. June 24, 7 p.m. June 25, 7:30 p.m. June 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 2 p.m. June 28.

Tickets are priced at $37, $32 and $22, depending on seat locations, with $72 VIP package that includes prime seats, an autographed program, and a post-show backstage meet-and-greet with the cast.

Seats are being sold only in the theater’s orchestra and loge sections on the main floor, not in the balcony.




Tickets go on sale Tuesday. Reservations: 528-0506.

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