Megan Mullally returning to Broadway in Terrence McNally play
Her post-"Will & Grace" television career may not have gone as smoothly as planned (a syndicated talk show bearing her name was canceled in 2007 after only a few months on the air), but Megan Mullally seems to be on a roll when it comes to the theater.
The Emmy-winning actress recently finished a critically acclaimed run in Adam Bock's "The Receptionist" at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Now Mullally is set to return to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" by Terrence McNally.
The play is scheduled to open at the American Airlines Theatre on April 29, according to Playbill.
McNally's play, which had an off-Broadway run in 1991, tells the story of two siblings spending July 4 at a beach house on Fire Island with their respective spouses. The production will be directed by Joe Mantello and will co-star Patton Oswalt. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Mullally's most recent Broadway appearance was in Mel Brook's musical "Young Frankenstein." She has also starred in revivals of "Grease" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
The original off-Broadway production of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" took place at the Manhattan Theater Club and starred Nathan Lane, Swoosie Kurtz, Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald.
Baranski played the role of Chloe, which Mullally will assume in the new Broadway production. Lane played the role of Sam, which Patton will take on Broadway.
A production of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," starring Lane, ran at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. in 1993.
In his 1991 review, Frank Rich of The New York Times described "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" as "a fine new play."
He added: "The bright wit that has always marked Mr. McNally's writing and the wrenching sorrow that has lately invaded it are blended deftly throughout three concurrently funny and melancholy acts."
-- David Ng
Photo: Megan Mullally. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times