“Harry Potter” Star Rupert Grint Joins “It's Only a Play”

While you were watching the World Cup, here's what was happening this week In the Wings.

Ron Weasley is coming to Broadway! “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint will make his Broadway debut in the star-studded production of “It’s Only a Play.” Grint said in a statement, “I’m thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team.” Terrence McNally’s comedy will play a limited 17-week engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre this fall. [More info]

“Honeymoon in Vegas” made Broadway engagement official. As we reported last week, the musical adaptation of the 1992 film will step into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre when “After Midnight” closes. Tony Danza (TV’s “Who’s The Boss”), Rob McClure (“Chaplin”), and Brynn O’Malley (“Annie”) will star. Music comes from Jason Robert Brown, who picked up two Tony awards for last season’s “Bridges of Madison County,” with a book by the film’s screenwriter Andrew Bergman. “Honeymoon in Vegas” will begin previews Nov. 18, with a Jan. 15, 2015 opening night. [More Info]

Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in a London production of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow.” The news comes from Lohan herself, who told The New York Times at a Jeremy Scott fashion show in London that she’ll go into a production this November. “It’s the first time I’ve done a stage play or anything like that,” Lohan told the Times. “I’m nervous but I’m excited.” No official word on the production or casting has been announced. [More info]

Gerald “Gerry” Goffin, legendary lyricist and songwriting partner of Carole King, died of natural causes at his home on Thursday. Goffin’s early life and work is portrayed on stage currently in “Beautiful - The Carole King Musical.” King said in a statement: “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world.” Goffin is survived by his wife, Michele, his five children and six grandchildren. [More info]

New York City Center is launching a series of free pre-show events before their Encores! Off-Center shows called The Lobby Project. The project provide insightful explorations behind each Off-Center musical, helping put each show “in the context of its legacy.” The Lobby Project kicks off June 25, with a conversation with the late Jonathan Larson’s Family before the premiere performance of Larson’s “tick, tick… BOOM!”. All events are free for ticket holders, and take place roughly 45 minutes before curtain. [More info]

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