EXCLUSIVE: Just days after Megan Mullally abruptly withdrew from the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s 4-person ensemble comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart, the production has been cancelled. Roundabout Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Todd Haimes said: “We could not find a way to maintain the production schedule under these circumstances. We are now exploring options to produce a show for our subscribers as soon as possible.”
Mullally gave notice on Monday after some tense rehearsals, and while some sources cited tensions with director Joe Mantello, others yesterday said the exit came after Mullally tried to get Oswalt replaced and left after being told no. Yesterday, McNally and Roundabout Theatre expressed hope the would be able to recast and be ready for an April 29 opening night at the American Airlines Theatre, they knew that would be a tall order and decided instead to close down the show.
Mullally was to star with Patton Oswalt, Lili Taylor and David Wilson Barnes in the drama where two couples meet at a Fire Island beach house to celebrate Fourth of July. There will likely be a different kind of fireworks, as Mullally’s exit moves to the category of when Jeremy Piven ended his run in Speed the Plow, blaming a high mercury count from sushi consumption which prompted angry playwright David Mamet to suggest the actor would seek a second career as a thermometer.