Stellar 'It's Only a Play' cast welcomes Rupert Grint to Broadway

Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:27pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actor Rupert Grint, best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business comedy, "It's Only a Play."

The play, which begins previews on Aug. 28 and opens for a limited run on Oct. 9, sports a notable cast headed by Tony winners Nathan Lane ("The Producers"), Matthew Broderick ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying") and Stockard Channing ("A Day in the Life of Joe Egg").

F. Murray Abraham, who picked up a best actor Oscar for "Amadeus," plays an infamous drama critic named Ira Drew and Emmy winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") is Broadway producer Julia Budder.

"It's hard not to be overwhelmed when we're rehearsing," Grint, 25, said about his cast mates. "It's quite exhausting trying to keep up with them."

The fly-on-the-wall comedy is set at an opening night party of a new play, "The Golden Egg," as its director Frank Finger (Grint) and the playwright, cast, producer and friends await reviews to see if it's a hit.

"He's a very complicated, deeply troubled man. So it's something I've always wanted to try," said Grint, who admitted it was scary leaving the bumbling Ron Weasley character he portrayed in the "Harry Potter" films for so long.

Broderick is writer Peter Austin, whose career hangs on the success of his play. Channing plays his erratic leading lady, Virginia Noyes, and newcomer Micah Stock portrays a coat check attendant newly arrived in New York.

"It's very true to life," said Lane, who plays a television star and Broderick's best friend James Wicker.   Continued...

Actor Rupert Grint arrives for a news conference to promote the Broadway play "It's Only a Play" in the Manhattan borough of New York August 19, 2014.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri