"Harry Potter" Star Will Make Broadway Debut in Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play

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and Michael Gioia
17 Jun 2014

Rupert Grint
Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint will join Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick, Tony Award winner Stockard Channing, Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally and Micah Stock on Broadway in a newly revised version of Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only a Play.

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport announced June 17 that Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, will be making his Broadway debut. The actor, seen on stage in London in Jez Butterworth's Mojo, has been cast in the role of Frank Finger, the director of a new play written by Broderick's character.

"I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team," Grint said in a statement.

Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien will direct the production, which will play a limited 17-week engagement at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Performances will begin in the fall with an opening night set for Oct. 9.

In It's Only a Play, according to producers, "it's opening night of Peter Austin's (Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — reminding audiences why there’s no business like show business. Thank God!"



Lane and Broderick co-starred in the Tony-winning hit musical The Producers, for which Lane won a 2001 Tony Award. Lane is also a Tony winner for A Funny Thing Happened…, and Broderick is a Tony winner for How to Succeed… and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Channing is a Tony winner for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Abraham is an Academy Award winner for "Amadeus," and Mullally is best known for her Emmy-winning work on "Will & Grace."

Four-time Tony Award-winning playwright McNally recently celebrated the premiere of his 20th Broadway production, Mothers and Sons, which marks his 50th year on Broadway. 

It's Only a Play premiered in New York in 1986 at the Manhattan Theatre Club

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