Rupert Grint, best known as Ron Weasley — the one who, for better or worse, got to marry Hermione at the end of the 8-part Harry Potter film franchise, will make his Broadway debut this fall in a starry revival of Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy, It’s Only A Play. “I’m thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team,” Grint said, not unexpectedly.
In the show, he will play hot stage director Frank Finger opposite a cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and tyro Micah Stock. Director is Jack O’Brien, whose staging of the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing opened let night at Central Parks Delacorte Theatre to excellent reviews.
It’s Only A Play will play a limited 17-week engagement at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with an opening night set for Thursday, October 9. The show unfolds on opening night of Peter Austin’s (Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. Present are his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his director (Grint), a nasty drama critic (Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan. The producers are Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport. Grint is repped by Gersh, 360, Hamilton-Hodell and Sloan, Offer Weber & Dern LLP.