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Roundabout announces LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART with Mullally & Oswalt




             Megan Mullally                Patton Oswalt               

in the Broadway premiere production of



By Terrence McNally

Directed by Joe Mantello


Performances begin April 9th, 2010

Official opening is April 29th, 2010

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre


Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce Terrence McNally’s comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart will star Megan Mullally (Chloe Haddock) and Patton Oswalt (Sam Truman).


Directed by Joe Mantello, Lips Together, Teeth Apart will begin performances on April 9th, 2010 and open officially on April 29th, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through June 20th, 2010.


Additional cast members will be announced shortly.


The design team includes John Lee Beatty (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Paul Gallo (Lights) and Darron West (Sound).


Lips Together, Teeth Apart takes place on the elegant deck of a beach house on Fire Island.  A brother and sister and their respective spouses attempt to celebrate the Fourth of July with a gnawing uncertainty that makes their affluent habits and petty prejudices sizzle in the summer sun. In this unforgettable comedy, Terrence McNally does for the beach house what Chekhov did for the Russian country estate.


Terrence McNally and Joe Mantello most recently collaborated at Roundabout Theatre Company on the comedy The Ritz at Studio 54.  Joe Mantello, who is an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, received a Tony® Award for staging the 2004 Tony® winning production of Assassins.  He also directed Noël Coward’s Design for Living and Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey



Tickets go on-sale January 2010 and are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50. 




Lips Together, Teeth Apart plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 



MEGAN MULLALLY (Chloe Haddock) is one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents – an actress and singer, she has appeared on Broadway, at concert halls, on the big screen, and on daytime, primetime, and cable television.  She is best known for her two-time Emmy and four-time SAG Award-winning role as Karen Walker on the hit NBC Series “Will & Grace.”  Up next, Megan can be seen on the 2nd season of the Starz hit cable series “Party Down” alongside Adam Scott, Ken Marino, and Lizzy Caplan, and as Chief on the new Adult Swim comedy, “Children’s Hospital,” an extension of the Rob Corrdry web series of the same name. She is also currently in development on Karen: The Musical, based on the character Megan made infamous on “Will & Grace.”  Most recently Megan appeared on NBC’s “Park and Recreation,” on the big screen in 2009’s Fame based on the hit 1980 film, and in her critically acclaimed performance as Beverly Wilkins in the West Coast debut of The Receptionist at the Odyssey Theatre which wrapped in November 2009. Megan made her television debut alongside Elaine Stritch and Ellen Burstyn on “The Ellen Burstyn Show” in 1986.  She appeared opposite Stanley Tucci as Walter Winchell’s wife in Paul Mazursky’s award-winning HBO bio-pic Winchell and opposite Juliet Stevenson in Lifetime’s “The Pact.”  She has guest starred on the hit shows “30 Rock,” “The New Adventures Of Old Christine,” and “Boston Legal,” among others.  This past year she starred on ABC’s “In The Motherhood” alongside Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris.  Megan also ventured into the daytime realm hosting her own daytime syndicated talk show, “The Megan Mullally Show” from 2006-2007.  Megan made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Grease alongside Rosie O’ Donnell.  She then received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for her performance as Rosemary in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying opposite Matthew Broderick and starred in the hit Broadway musical, Young Frankenstein.  Her other Los Angeles theater credits include The Berlin Circle at The Evidence Room Theater, for which she won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Leading Female Performance.  She also appeared in Mayhem at The Evidence Room, as well as a variety of plays and musicals in both Chicago and Los Angeles.  On the big screen, Megan starred in the film Everything Put Together directed by Marc Forster – an entry in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival’s main competition and also appeared in 1999’s Anywhere But Here.  Other feature film credits include Stealing Harvard, Speaking Of Sex, and Rebound.  Megan also is a talented singer, recording albums and performing around the country with her band Supreme Music Program.  Next up, Megan and Supreme Music Program will make their international debut in the West End, performing at the Vaudeville Theater in London for eight performances in February 2010.  Megan’s most recent concert appearances with her band include The Allen Room at The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Seattle Symphony, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, SUNY Buffalo Performing Arts and the Orange County Performing Arts Center.  She also has appeared as a soloist at The Disney Concert Hall.  She has made three CDs with Supreme Music Program entitled “The Sweetheart Break-In,” “Big As A Berry” and the recently recorded “Free Again!”.  She can also be heard singing the solo barn burner song “You Took Advantage of Me” on the new FAME soundtrack.


PATTON OSWALT (Sam Truman) has released three hugely successful standup specials and two critically acclaimed comedy albums.  His latest one-hour, Grammy nominated Comedy Central Special, “My Weakness is Strong,” aired the fall of 2009, and the subsequent “My Weakness is Strong” DVD/CD was released to tremendous success through Warner Brothers records.  Patton made his dramatic debut in the acclaimed, Independent Spirit-nominated film Big Fan, in the lead role as “Paul Aufiero.”  The directorial debut of writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), Big Fan catapulted Patton to the front ranks of every “Best Of” list of 2009.  Also in 2009, Patton co-starred opposed Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Informant.  He has recently been seen in Observe and Report (opposite Seth Rogen) and is beloved by children the world over for lending his voice to “Remy, the rat,” in Pixar Animation’s smash, Oscar winning hit, Ratatouille.  Patton has appeared in more than 20 films, including:  Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch, Sex and Death 101, Zoolander, Balls of Fury and Reno 911!: Miami.  Recurring roles include: Showtime’s hit series, “The United States of Tara” (Showtime), playing John Corbett’s best friend “Neil”; the new SyFy Battlestar Galactica-spinoff series “Caprica”; and Dollhouse.  He appears on a host of other series, including: “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Community.”  Patton is a regular contributor to “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Lewis Black’s “Root of All Evil.” Patton tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States and UK. A regular at music festivals like Bumbershoot, Bonaroo and Coachella, he’s made the jump to theaters, as well as performing/reading at events by McSweeney’s and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, and was also a regular fill-in host for Steve Jones on the nationally syndicated “Jonesey’s Jukebox” on Indie 103.1.  On TV he played “Spence” on “The King of Queens” on CBS for nine seasons, and made guest appearances on: “Seinfeld,” “Reaper,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!”


TERRENCE McNALLY (Playwright) has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of The Spider Woman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune and Deuce with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes and Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life.  His other plays include Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play), A Perfect Ganesh, It’s Only A Play, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff Of Dreams, The Stendhal Syndrome and Some Men.  Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In The Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man Of No Importance.  The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally’s libretto and music by Jake Heggie.   McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre’s Mother” for which he won an Emmy Award.  He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is twice the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play. His most recent play, Unusual Acts Of Devotion, was seen last season at La Jolla Playhouse after opening the season at Philadelphia Theatre Company. In August, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle presented the world premiere of his musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This season, the Kennedy Center will produce three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights At The Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit with a score by Kander and Ebb at Arlington’s Signature Theatre.


JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nom), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award®), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award®), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nom.), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Blue Window, God’s Heart, Snakebit, Three Hotels and Imagining Brad. Directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor he appeared in Angels in America (Tony nom) and The Baltimore Waltz. Mr. Mantello is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.


Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.


Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.


American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 


Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s Bye Bye Birdie, starring John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin & Nolan Gerard Funk, directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom; Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone; Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White, directed by Scott Ellis; Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, directed by Marc Bruni; Noël Coward’s Present Laughter starring Victor Garber, directed by Nicholas Martin; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams, and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.





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