It's Only A Play First Preview News Roundup

If you’ve been following our latest posts here and on social media, last night (Thursday, August 28) was opening night for the first preview of It’s Only A Play. One of our staff members had the privilege of attending Rupert's Broadway debut, and she graced us with live updates on Twitter: 

Claire enjoyed herself so much that she also added, in a perfect recap"Rupert Grint was not born to be Ron Weasley; Rupert Grint was born to be on stage. @ItsOnlyAPlay"

We weren't the only ones tweeting about how great the preview was either. The explore page was utterly flooded with raving reviews! Including @SammieWiedre saying (with attached Instagram photo):

"Rupert Grint along with the rest of the cast of It's Only a Play was fantastic and so in point tonight at the first preview. Phenomenal work!!!! A must see"

 

As evidenced in the video below, it was a sold out show and received a standing ovation at the end:

After the show, various members of the cast greeted audience members at the stage door. View photos of Rupert, F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, and Micah Stock on the Playbill website.

The Playbill website also includes an interview with Rupert discussing his past childhood theatre experiences and how they shaped him into the actor he is today. 

Also, make sure to check out the HQ Stage Door photos in the gallery too!

It was a wonderful first night for the very talented cast, and it certainly looks like the play will continue to be a huge success. We can't wait to see more of Broadway Rupert!

Stick around for full reviews.

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Submitted by Traci on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:30
First Look at Rupert Grint in 'Moonwalkers'

If you follow us on social media (which you should!), then you saw that yesterday we shared the first official image of Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint from "Moonwalkers."

Empire Magazine published this first look as part of their set report from the October 2014 issue. The complete article is now online and describes a comedic scene being filmed that includes Rupert.

  

"Moonwalkers" does not yet have a release date.

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Submitted by Stephanie on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:32
Happy 26th birthday, Rupert!


As birthdays are fortunately annual, it's that time of year again!

Rupert turns 26 today, and we couldn't be more excited about it. 25 was such a fun-filled year for him and we're sure 26 will bring even more thrills.

So, if 25 is a quarter of a century... what can we do with 26? There's 26 letters in the English alphabet; let's do something with that:

A Brilliant Comedian, Definitely Extremely Funny, Gorgeous Hair, Intense Joker, Keeper Looking Man, Next Outstanding Playstar, Quirky Rupert Swag, Top Underdog, Versatile Wizard eXpert, Young Zookeeper.

That was fun.


This is also the first (and only) time he'll turn 26 in New York City! Heading from London to NYC can be a big change, but we've created this Birthday Card post by RupertGrint.net on Facebook for fans to wish him good luck and send their birthday wishes!

We've also curated a special NYC themed birthday playlist for your enjoyment, filled with 26 songs, on Spotify.


And as a special bonus, in honor of Rupert's catchy single, "Lightning," recorded for Postman Pat: The Movie, we thought it would be a pleasant birthday tribute to "cover" it by our staff!

Wishing you the very best 26th birthday Rupert, we hope it's electrifying.

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Submitted by Traci on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 06:47
Rupert Grint: "Be determined and believe in yourself."

In one of the most candid interviews we've seen, Flonki.com (a Dutch website focused on child-development) has released a new video, speaking with Rupert in his trailer on the Moonwalkers set.

In costume as Johnny, Rupert opens up regarding his shyness as both a child and now, into adulthood, saying:

"I was always quite a shy child but I found, when I went on stage, that I could hide behind a character. It was an escape for me to be someone else. It really does help your confidence to be able to mimic what you see."

When asked his advice for young people who want to find and pursue their passion in life, Rupert remarks:

"I'd say keep your determination, and try new things. I was very determined during the auditioning process [for Harry Potter] and so wanted to be a part of those films...in any shape or form. I wanted to be noticed."

Rupert parts the segment with a touching, "You have to believe in yourself.", which is surely an affirmation we'd all do well to remember, from time-to-time :)

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Submitted by Claire on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:38
More Images of Rupert Grint in Character for It's Only a Play

With the beginning run of previews a mere 5 days away, promo for the Broadway production of It's Only a Play is kicking into gear.

Producer Ken Davenport yesterday snuck a tweet of this photo from the first day of tech, showing the cast in both costume and scene:

ItsOnlyaPlay.com also has a couple of new tidbits up, including a video introduction of the cast by non-other-than Nathan Lane and a new group shot, styled similarly to the teaser we saw for Entertainment Weekly last week:



(Click the pictures to view full-size!)

Previews for It's Only a Play begin Thursday, August 28 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with an official opening night set for October 9th. Tickets are available online at Telecharge.

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Submitted by Claire on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:55
Cast of 'It's Only a Play' Praise Rupert Grint's Stage Chops

At yesterday's press day for 'It's Only a Play' - which has reached $8 million in ticket sales, by the way - Vanity Fair asked some of Rupert's costars to share their first impressions of his "stage chops."

Megan Mullally admitted she had never seen the "Harry Potter" movies and shared her story about their first meeting:

“…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 added, "to see a young fellow get his first Broadway shot is just kind of a pleasure to watch."

Check out the rest of the article at this link. It includes additional quotes from Rupert, Nathan Lane, and reveals how Rupert was approached for the role.

ICYMI: Broadway.com also interviewed Rupert yesterday. Go Yankees!

As seen above, the cast of 'It's Only a Play' reenacted Ellen's Oscar selfie for Entertainment Weekly.

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Submitted by Stephanie on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:54
Rupert Grint: Broadway Dreams Began with Mojo

This morning's press conference offered the chance for It's Only A Play's cast to speak openly about the project for the first time.

 

BroadwayWorld.com has released the first video interview, giving each of the play's stars a chance to share their thoughts on the process so far.

 

Watch the full interview here (Rupert appears around the 7 minute 30 second mark) and read a transcript of his interview below:

Q: What’s it been like so far?

A: I still can’t really believe it. In rehearsal, just looking around the room and seeing these people...it’s just really overwhelming. I’m very grateful and lucky to be a part of it.

Q: What made you want to come to Broadway and do a play?

A: I guess it all started with Mojo, a play I did in the West End. That was my first ever theatrical experience; before that it was just school plays and pantomimes. I really fell in love with theatre from that, it’s a very different way of acting. I absolutely loved it and I wanted more.

This script was so funny, and it was quite fascinating to have that inside look into backstage. I’ve never been to one of these parties [refering to the play’s staging] either! So it’s interesting for me.

Also, seeing the relationship between the creatives and reviewers, I think it’s interesting for an audience to see that.

I was hesitant with the cast, because they’re such amazing people, I didn’t feel that I was really worthy of it. It took a little while to convince myself that I could potentially keep up with them!

Access Hollywood was also on-hand to interview Rupert today. Giving an in-depth description of his character, Sir Frank Finger, Rupert describes the experience thus far, mentioning that the chemistry between Broderick and Lane is 'electric'.

During the interview rounds, Rupert also cited It’s Only a Play writer/director team Terrance McNally and Jack O’Brien as ‘really lovely, amazing people' adding that he is 'constantly in awe of everyone'.

Trust.org features a small snippet too, with Rupert describing his character Frank, saying:

"He's a very complicated, deeply troubled man. So it's something I've always wanted to try."

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Submitted by Claire on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:22
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