“I’m thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team.” (Rupert Grint on IT’S ONLY A PLAY)
Directed by Jack O’Brian, Rupert Grint made his Broadway debut as Frank Finger in It’s Only A Play at the Schoenfeld Theatre in New York, with previews starting 29 August 2014 and running until 4 January 2014.
At the Opening Party of the play “The Golden Egg”, the producer, writer, actors, director, critic and coat-boy assemble to await the New York Times’ review for the play, spending the time gossiping about other celebrities and each other.
Rupert plays Sir Frank Finger, a young, successful and highly-praised “wunderkind” director from Britain, who is tired of the acclaim and is longing for a “bad” review. Additionally, he is a kleptomaniac and in psychiatric therapie.
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Showing: from 10 October 2014 to 4 January 2014 (extended run until 6 June 2015 without Rupert Grint)
Behind the Scenes
- Rupert applied his “guyliner” himself.
- After every show, Rupert would give autographs to the fans waiting outside the theatre.
- Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street, New York City
Rupert Grint (Sir Frank Finger)
F. Murray Abraham (Ira Drew)
Matthew Broderick (Peter Austin)
Stockard Channing (Virginia Noyes)
Nathan Lane (James Wicker)
Megan Mullaly (Julia Budder)
Micah Stock (Gus P. Head)
Director: Jack O’Brien
Writer: Terrence McNally
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- Drama Desk Award 2015, F. Murray Abraham, for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (nomination)
- Tony Award 2015, Micah Stock, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (nomination)
“I can’t help it — I was born charismatic.”
Rupert about IT’S ONLY A PLAY
“Ha! I know, it’s pretty amazing working with all these geniuses. After Mojo ended, I didn’t want to do another play for a long time. It was fun but so exhausting. Then this came up and it was such an incredible cast, I had to do it.”
“Yeah, he’s a real nightmare, a completely ridiculous lord who is celebrated for his work but hates all the acclaim. He’s desperate for a bad review. On top of that, he’s a kleptomaniac and in therapy. An absolute mess.“
(theguardian.com October, 23rd 2014)
“I do feel under pressure. I feel like I’ve got quite a bit to prove. I am out of my comfort zone here and am the least ¬experienced out of everyone on stage.”
“During the first few days in rehearsals I was really intimidated because it’s quite a group of people. But there are no big egos. Being on stage is a real team thing, and everyone has been great, really cool. I just feel really lucky to be a part of it.”
“My character also wears a lot of make-up so putting my eyeliner – or guyliner – on has become a bit of a ritual too. I’m getting quite good at it.”
(mirror.co.uk October, 3rd 2014)
“When I read the script, I loved the character immediately,” says Grint, who is much more low-key in conversation than “Sir” Frank. “He’s already been knighted and is on top of his game, but he’s sick of being glorified. He’s also a borderline kleptomaniac, bold and ridiculous and kind of crazy, which is really, really fun for me. The play has such a rich variety of characters, all wanting different things from the reviews.”
(broadwaydirect.com September, 23rd 2014)
“It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s someone very complicated and deeply troubled. That’s really what attracted me to him. The play is amazing, it’s so funny and such an interesting insight into the theater world from behind the scenes.”
(broadway.com August, 19th 2014)