‘Rapture’ fills in for ‘Lips’

Roundabout staging will open in time for Tony eligibility

Roundabout Theater Company will replace its scuttled Broadway revival of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” with a Main Stem stint for “Everyday Rapture,” the Sherie Rene Scott bio-musical that originated last spring in a run at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theater.

Roundabout’s incarnation, which will open just in time to be eligible for this year’s Tonys, will again feature Scott (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) backed by Eamon Foley, Lindsay Mendez and Betsy Wolfe. Michael Mayer (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”) reprises his directing duties.

“Rapture” is the Roundabout’s last-minute fill-in for “Lips Together,” which was indefinitely postponed last month when star Megan Mullally exited the production two weeks into the rehearsal process.

The fact “Rapture” is a modestly-scaled production that has already been staged once will help the show fit in to Roundabout’s accelerated timeline. Production earned enthusiastic notices when it played Second Stage in 2009.

Last-minute inclusion of the production in this year’s Broadway lineup introduces a new element to this year’s Tony race, as “Rapture” becomes an unexpected addition to the pool of potential nominees for tuner categories.

In “Rapture,” which has a book by Dick Scanlan (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and Scott, the performer relates her life story from her Kansas upbringing to her career on the Gotham stage. Pre-existing songs are culled from the catalogs of David Byrne, The Supremes and U2, among others.

“Rapture” begins previews April 19 ahead of an April 29 opening at the American Airlines Theater.

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