It's Only a Play: Interviews from Opening Night

Fresh from the thrill of a successful opening night, Broadway World's Richard Ridge took to the It's Only a Play after-party to speak with the cast.


A few choice quotes:

"Rupert's adorable. He's just the sweetest kid and he came ready to try anything. He was great." - Nathan Lane

"It's the first time we've offered a play to seven actors, and all seven have said yes. There were no auditions." - Terrance McNally

"To watch Rupert develop...as well as Micah and F. Murray. I admire all of them so much, honestly." - Matthew Broderick

"I've loved the whole process. From previews to rehearsals, I'm in the best company. I've done one West End show before this but the excitement here...it's incredible. It's been a real education working on this, I don't feel worthy. The role is over the top, bold and ridiculous." - Rupert Grint








The burning question, at this point, seems whether the play see an extended run. It's certainly a possibility, as one spokesperson for the show commented:

"The producers would love nothing more than to extend. The demand for tickets remains incredible."

If you haven't seen the show, it may well be time to book your ticket :-)

Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #itsonlysirfrank!

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Submitted by Claire on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:54
Opening Night for It's Only A Play: Press Reviews

Opening Night for It's Only a Play is finally here and the first reviews have started to come in! Here's a recap of critic highlights on Rupert's performance:

Entertainment Weekly gave the play a B+ and said about Rupert: "... alum Rupert Grint—looking like a ginger Eddie Izzard with his guyliner, mousse-spiked hair, and mod suit—plays the wunderkind British director with foot-stomping hyperactivity."

Ed note: Amusingly, Eddie Izzard was also in the audience last night!

Newsday said: "Grint -- all spiked red hair and raccoon eyes -- is perfectly bratty as the British directing genius..."

The Wrap reports: "...it's nice to report that this revival offers not one, but two, spectacular Broadway debuts: “Harry Potters'” Rupert Grint portrays a manically childish British director and newcomer Micah Stock, playing a coat-check boy, does to “Defying Gravity” what deserves to be done to “Defying Gravity.”

More to come!

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Submitted by Maria on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 20:35
It's Only a Play Releases Highlight Reel & Times Square Billboard

With the press night for It's Only a Play just one day away (!), Broadway World have today released a new six-minute highlight reel from the show.

Fans will be pleased to note that Rupert's rumoured pants-dropping entrance gets yet more airtime a mere six seconds in, as well as a very frantic Sir Frank rushing around beneath...a blanket.



Rupert/Sir Frank's interactions with his fellow cast are well documented and it seems that Rupert's comments on his neurotic, kleptomaniac counter-part are spot on!



Also, in celebration of Opening Night the production will be featured on the digital billboard of the Thompson Reuters building. Showcasing audience engagement, selfies and photos with the hastag #itsonlyaselfie will be live-streamed from 5.30pm - 10.30pm (EDT).

Watch the full feature below:

Are you seeing or have you seen the show? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by using the hashtag #itsonlysirfrank!

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Submitted by Claire on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:36
Does Rupert Grint read his own reviews?

With the opening of It's Only a Play tomorrow, critics will begin to release their reviews of the Broadway production.

Considering that the plot of the show centers around the anticipation of opening night reviews, how does the cast of It's Only a Play feel about reading their own reviews?

Rupert spoke to Playbill on this topic, saying:

"No. I don't read them, no. I'm quite scared of them. I mean, the last play I did — it's such a big thing… They have so much power as well, so it does scare me to read them. I just wait for the quotes that come up on the marquee. But, I think it's a really interesting thing for an audience to witness...what it's like for the creative people to read reviews and the tension and misery it could cause."

While Rupert may not read his own reviews, we're excited to read, what must be, some glowing reviews for Rupert and the rest of the cast. May they break a leg at opening night tomorrow!

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Submitted by Maria on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:29
Rupert Grint: Stage Superstitions, Nerves & New Images

CBS Sunday Morning aired the first footage from It's Only a Play ahead of the show's opening night on Thursday.

Fans are treated to their first look at Rupert's eccentric director, Frank Finger, bursting onto the stage in his opening scene and then going a bit crazy by dropping his trousers.

"I have a superstition with my tie. I don't change the knot. I have a thing about that. I keep the same tie knot." Rupert shares.

"Do you still get nervous?" Stahl asks. 

"Oh definitely, yeah." Rupert replies.

"Really, every night?"

"Yeah. Always before I have my first entrance. It's terrifying!"

"But boy, it doesn't show -- with you, you come bounding out there," says Stahl.

"Well, once I get the first line out, then I can."

"Once he gets his pants off," dead-panned Abraham.

Check out the full video below:

 


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Submitted by Stephanie on Sun, 10/05/2014 - 09:39
Rupert Grint Promotes 'It's Only a Play' on Access Hollywood Live

Rupert appeared on Access Hollywood Live yesterday ahead of next month's official opening of It's Only a Play on Broadway.

Giving credit to the star-studded cast, Rupert says, "I remember looking around during the first table read and thinking to myself 'What am I doing here?!'", briefly mentioning Sir Frank's kleptomaniacal tendencies.

Rupert tells of a growing bond with Stockard Channing, commenting "our characters are quite close in the show", then telling that he and F. Murray Abraham have been out to see a jazz band or two (!).

New images from the show are also included, with Rupert dropping some fun tidbits about signing Ed Sheeran albums, and the trouble he's had removing eyeliner (we feel your pain, Rupert).

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Submitted by Stephanie on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:58
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
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