Leslie Jordan tells why Karen Walker and her nemesis Beverly Leslie didn’t get to reunite on the stage
It would be so delicious to see the Will & Grace character of Karen Walker reunite with her bitchy nemesis Beverly Leslie.
It is Beverly, after all, who uttered the classic put down: “Well, well, well. Karen Walker. I thought I smelled gin and regret.”
Well, it almost happened.
Leslie Jordan, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Beverly, tells Queerty that Megan Mullally was going to resurrect the characters for a Broadway show called Karen: The Musical.
“She had an idea for it, but was hesitant to tell me because she knows I have a big mouth. She said, “I have this idea and it’s just you and me.” I said, “Honey, have you got permission?” She was very serious about it and had cleared it. She was about to hire someone to write the book and the music when NBC told her, “We aren’t saying ‘no,’ we’re saying, ‘not now.’”
But NBC put a stop to it.
“The reason was they were in negotiations for one more round of syndication rights and they couldn’t have us out there messing around with the brand. They were nice, but she was really upset about it. She had gotten permission from [Will & Grace creators] David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. They told her to go have fun and wished her the best. It’s just indicative of Hollywood. I don’t know how anyone gets anything made with all the hoops you have to jump through.”