Emmy winner Debra Messing will make her Broadway debut in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Outside Mullingar opposite Tony winner Brian F. O'Byrne. The world premiere production reunites O'Byrne with his Tony-winning Doubt playwright John Patrick Shanley and director Doug Hughes. Outside Mullingar begins previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 2, with opening night set for January 23.
Described as an “Irish Moonstruck” (for which Shanley won an Oscar), Outside Mullingar is about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love. The romantic comedy will play a strictly 11-week limited engagement. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
Messing previously appeared on stage at MTC in 1997 in the New York premiere of Collected Stories. She also appeared off-Broadway in The Naked Truth and Four Dogs and a Bone. She is best known for her Emmy-winning role as Grace Adler in the groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will & Grace and is known for her TV and film work in Smash, The Starter Wife, The Women, The Wedding Date and The Mothman Prophecies.
O’Bryne won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s Frozen and picked up additional nominations for The Coast of Utopia, The Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Shanley’s play Doubt. He also garnered an Emmy nomination for his role in Mildred Pierce.
Messing's Broadway debut is another bright light in MTC's starry upcoming season, which includes the stage returns of fellow Emmy-winning leading ladies Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Cherry Jones (When We Were Young and Unafraid), Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola).