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Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of actress Megan Mullally on the Great White Way will have to look to Will & Grace and Parks and Recreation reruns, or her recent "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" commercials. Mullally, 51, has abruptly quit the Broadway revival production of the play Lips Together, Teeth Apart, just weeks before opening night.
The Emmy-winning actress has not clarified why she jumped ship, Deadline Hollywood reports she "was unhappy with the show's director, Joe Mantello." Other insiders are claiming the seasoned stage actress (who was in the 2007 original cast of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway) was harboring concerns about her costar, comedian Patton Oswalt.
In the meantime, the show about two couples on Fire Island during July 4th weekend, which also costarred Lili Taylor, and David Wilson Barnes, immediately halted rehearsals. The producers have now canceled the production.
Todd Haimes, the artistic director of the Roundabout Theater Company, released this statement:"We were surprised and disappointed that Megan Mullally had to withdraw from the production immediately in breach of her contract."
The show's playwright Terrence McNally also expressed his disappointment in a statement: "Joe (Mantello) 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 almost three years to make this production happen. Megan Mullally's decision to withdraw at this late date is devastating."
The comedy's first preview performance was slated for April 9.
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