1 WEEK TILL ‘IT’S ONLY A PLAY’ PREVIEWS BEGIN
Lane compares the cast to the daredevil circus act the Flying Wallendas. Highwire acts, like the notoriously hard job of making comedy funny, only work when everyone hits their marks and nails their part.
“It’s about really great ensemble playing,” says Lane, adding that it’s not about him and Broderick as a team. “The group is the team. That’s the only way this play works.”
Megan Mullaly: “I didn’t read the books, and I’m old, so no, I didn’t really know who he was,” she told VF Daily. “But he’s adorable and lovely, and he was an absolute basket case for the first week or so. The first night when I met him, there was a little dinner, and he was standing outside, smoking a cigarette, and I was, like, ‘Are you Rupert?’ And he said he was, and he just instantly announced that he was terrified. I said, ‘Oh, you’re going to be great.’ He said, ‘I’m so intimidated.’ I said, ‘No, no. We should be intimidated with you.’” Mullally is pretty impressed with his work, so far. “I think he’s fantastic. I think he’s going to be great in this; he’s really good. Those goddamn Brits!”
Matthew Broderick: “I have children, so I certainly know Rupert Grint,” “I always liked him in those movies. And then I remember meeting him at a premiere in New York—he does not remember, but I do—introducing him to my son, and he was really sweet,” the TonyAward–winner added. “And he’s lovely to watch. He’s such a good actor, and he’s so hardworking and diligent, and to see a young fellow get his first Broadway shot is just kind of a pleasure to watch.”
Nathan Lane: Nathan Lane says Grint is a natural stage actor. “And it’s wonderful, his part is a particularly showy role; he has a lot of funny stuff,” Lane told us. “What’s great for Rupert is it’s so the opposite of what he has played, what we know him best for in the Harry Potter films. He’s such a disagreeable character. He’s very unhappy, he’s angry about everything,” the Tony Award–winner said, laughing. “It’s pretty spectacular.”
Imagine if Jennifer Lawrence were Rupert Grint.
Okay, now take that one step further and replace Ellen DeGeneres with Matthew Broderick, Bradley Cooper with Nathan Lane, Angelina Jolie with Megan Mullally, Meryl Streep with Stockard Channing, and so on and so forth. See what we’re getting at?
Ellen’s epic Oscar selfie gets sent up, Broadway style, in the first look at the upcoming comedy It’s Only a Play. The production examines the frantic behind-the-scenes antics of a new Broadway show and the eccentric creative and business types behind it. The link to Ellen’s selfie is directly inspired by a moment in the revised script by Terrence McNally, who has refreshed the play for the 2014 audience.
Given the starry cast (not to mention the reunion of The Producers pair Lane and Broderick), expect It’s Only a Play to be one of this fall’s hottest tickets. F. Murray Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock round out the cast of the Jack O’Brien-directed Broadway play, which will open on October 9 for a limited 18-week engagement at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Previews begin August 28.
"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."
"I’ve been doing this for 50 yrs & this is the best cast I’ve worked with!….These people are the best at what they do." -F. Murray Abraham
And she will be in NYC at least a month!
Just read it. FUCK YEUUUHHHHH.
Evanna Lynch [x]
"She had straggly, waist-length, dirty blonde hair, very pale eyebrows, and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look."
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
They gave Hermione straight blonde hair because that is what Emma wanted and they gave Luna light blonde curls because that is what Evanna wanted. Why couldn’t Bonnie complain about her hair so then they’d at least make it look nice. Also I’m sorry but how hard is it to look like the book characters you say you love so much. Aren’t you getting paid obscene amounts of money.
Because Bonnie is not Emma or Evanna. Bonnie isn’t the lead like Emma, and she isn’t the lovable character like Evanna. Everyone favorite those two over Bonnie. She was probably just there to do what she was told. Because she’s not the “favorite” character.
I was just kidding about Bonnie complaining too. I don’t think any of them should have complained. What I’m saying is I think it is kind of messed up that Emma and Evanna couldn’t look like their book counterparts. If they love Hermione and Luna so much why couldn’t they make that sacrifice for a few months? Again, they were getting paid a lot of money to bring these characters to life. It was their job to be the characters.