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Megan Mullally quits Broadway show before it even opens after clashing with director

http://www.thewb.com/blog/files/2009/03/karen_walker3.jpgWould have loved to have been a fly on the wall for this one.

Will & Grace alum Megan Mullally, Tony nominated for her performance in Broadway’s Young Frankenstein a few years back, has quit the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart in some kind showdown with director Joe Mantello.

The theatre’s artistic director Todd Haimes has issued a statement that does not hide his disappointment and seems to hint at possible legal action: “We were surprised and disappointed that Megan Mullally had to withdraw from the production immediately in breach of her contract. With the loss of Meghan in a four-person ensemble, work has been delayed after only two weeks of rehearsal.”

Haimes said the first preview performance has been delayed but that opening night remains April 29. He also reiterated his support of Mantello and said a replacement for Mullally will be announced soon.

Playwright Terrance McNally called Mullally’s departure “devasating” and also defended the director: “Joe and I were thrilled to be in the rehearsal room with these four actors. Joe is my longest and one of my most trusted collaborators. We have waited and worked for three years to make this production happen. Megan Mullally’s withdrawl at this late date is devastating.”

I saw Megan in January when she was promoting the TV series Party Down. I wanted to ask her about her upcoming Broadway show but for some reason I got mixed up and asked her about playing Miss Morticia in the upcoming Addams Family production.

She smiled and said politely: “I think Bebe Newerth is starring in that.”

Ugh.

Well, whatever the show was called, she’s not starring in that one either! Hope the producers are able to find a knockout replacement!

FILE UNDER: Controversy, Stage

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  1. March 25th, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    JontheMoonspinner says:

    very amusing and well-written piece! I hope they find a solid replacement and that Megan doesn’t turn her back on the Great White Way!

  2. Thanks for publishing this news item. I just received a flyer in the mail and was set to purchase a ticket simply because Megan Mullally was in the play. Now I’ll wait and see what happens.

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