Mullally, Oswalt to star in Broadway show
Megan Mullally and standup comic Patton Oswalt will star in a revival of Terrence McNally’s “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” to be produced on Broadway by Roundabout Theater Company at the American Airlines Theater.
Joe Mantello (“Wicked”) will direct the dark comedy, which begins previews April 9 for an April 29 opening and will play a limited engagement through June 20.
Mantello staged the Roundabout revival of McNally’s gay bathhouse farce “The Ritz” in 2007, as well as the playwright’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!” on Broadway.
Set on the deck of a Fire Island beach house whose owner has died of AIDS, “Lips Together” assembles two couples for a Fourth of July weekend during which their prejudices, beliefs and the strength of their relationships are challenged.
The play was a long-running hit Off Broadway for Manhattan Theater Club in 1991 in a production that originally starred Christine Baranski, Anthony Heald, Swoosie Kurtz and Nathan Lane. Casting for the remaining two roles in the revival has not yet been confirmed.
Mullally, who last appeared on Broadway in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” is developing “Karen: The Musical,” a stage tuner based on her character from “Will and Grace.”
Oswalt’s latest comedy special, “My Weakness Is Strong,” aired on Comedy Central in the fall. He played his first dramatic role in the indie film “Big Fan,” which bowed at Sundance.
McNally’s new play, “Golden Age,” world preems Jan. 22 at Philadelphia Theater Company before transferring to a run at D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Austin Pendleton directs a cast that includes Rebecca Brooksher, Jeffrey Carlson and Marc Kudisch. The playwright also penned the book for Broadway-bound musical “Catch Me if You Can.”