Rupert Grint, internationally known for his role as Ron Weasley, the clumsy wizard in training and best friend to the hero of all eight Harry Potter films, will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play, Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy. Grint joins an all-star company including two-time Tony winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick (Brighton Beach Memoirs, How to Succeed) as well as additional cast members Megan Mullalley, Tony winner Stockard Channing, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) and newcomer Micah Stock. The production, which will be directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), will begin performances in the fall at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater for a limited 17-week run scheduled to open Oct. 9.
It’s Only a Play takes place on opening night of the new work by anxiety-prone playwright Peter Austin (Broderick). The party is crashed by his friend, actor James Wicker (Lane) who turned down the lead in order to star in a now-cancelled TV sitcom. Also on hand are the show’s fledgling producer (Mullally), erratic leading lady (Channing), wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic (Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.
In a brief statement, Grint said, “I’m thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team.” In addition to the Harry Potter series, he has appeared in the British films Thunderpants, Driving Lessons and Cherrybomb. He made his West End stage debut in Jez Butterworth’s Mojo. He’ll be following his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe to Broadway. Radcliffe appears in The Cripple of Inishmaan until July 20.
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