Another wizard is heading to the Great White Way! Harry Potter star Rupert Grint will make his Broadway debut in the star-studded comedy It’s Only a Play. Grint, who will play the show-within-a-show’s wunderkind director Frank Finger, joins a cast that includes the previously announced Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Megan Mullally. The newly-revised Terrence McNally play will begin performances this fall and open officially at the Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9. Jack O’Brien will direct.
Grint said in a statement: "I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team." The star is best known for playing best friend Ron Weasley in the eight Harry Potter films. His additional screen credits include Into the White, Wild Target, Driving Lessons and Cherrybomb. He made his stage debut last year in London's West End, starring in Jez Butterworth's Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
It's Only a Play is set on the opening night of Broderick's character Peter Austin's 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 acclaimed young director director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. There's no business like show business.
The play will run for a 17-week engagement through January 4, 2015. Micah Stock will also join the cast in his Broadway debut.