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All the roles Megan Mullally has played onstage

20 November 2020 by Sophie Thomas
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Megan Mullally

Television and stage actress Megan Mullally is perhaps best known for portraying the acerbic Karen Walker in Will & Grace. Aside from her award-winning screen performances, she’s no stranger to the stage either, and we can’t wait to see her in London, sailing on the SS American as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes in 2021. 

Here’s a complete guide to Megan Mullally’s theatre resume, as well as her incredible performances on television. 

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Broadway

1994 – Grease

After auditioning for countless television shows, Mullally was searching for her break. That came in 1994, when she starred in the Broadway revival of Grease. She played Marty, one-fifth of the Pink Ladies, in a cast including Rosie O’Donnell, Hunter Foster, and Billy Porter. Sadly, the production didn’t win any Tony Awards, but they still performed at the ceremony. See if you can spot Mullally; she really knows how to work a hula hoop.

1995 – How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Following Grease, Mullally was cast as a lead in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. She played Rosemary, a secretary who falls in love with Finch (played by Matthew Broderick.) You can watch the 1995 production above, which ran for over a year on Broadway.

2007 – Young Frankenstein

Joining a parade of musical theatre veterans and comedians, Mullally originated the role of Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein. Audiences lapped up Mullally’s comedic performance, especially in the numbers “Please Don’t Touch Me” and “Surprise.” She starred in Young Frankenstein at the Hilton Theatre (now Lyric Theatre) for nine months, succeeded by Michele Ragusa in August 2008.

Off-Broadway

2014 – Annapurna

Audiences could see the husband and wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on stage together in Annapurna. Mullally played Emma, a woman who tracked down her ex-husband 20 years after they split. He’s working on a brand new masterpiece, while she’s working on their relationship.  With a limited run, it was one of the hottest tickets in town. If you missed out, get a glimpse of Annapurna in the trailer above.

London

2010 – Megan Mullally and the Supreme Music Program

Anything Goes will mark Mullally’s London musical debut, but she’s appeared in the West End before. In 2010, Mullally and her band, Supreme Music Program played a one-week run at the Vaudeville Theatre. The country-infused band have released three albums: The Sweetheart Break-In, Big As A Berry and Free Again. Take a listen to the band above, you won’t be disappointed.

Television

1986 – The Ellen Burstyn Show

In the 1980s, Mullally appeared in a number of American sitcoms. Notably, she starred in The Ellen Burstyn Show, based around a professor whose personal and professional dramas rose to boiling point. Sadly, the show was cancelled after one series, but it catapulted Mullally to a larger audience, beginning a television career to last a lifetime.

1998-2006/2017-2020 – Will & Grace

Mullally’s breakout role came in 1998, when she was cast in NBC’s Will & Grace. She plays Karen Walker, a larger-than-life assistant to Grace (played by Debra Messing), typically unaware of “normal” social etiquette. Will & Grace became one of the most-watched shows of the era, with over 18 million viewers tuning into “The Finale” in 2006. After a decade away from our screens, audiences were reunited with Karen Walker with a Will & Grace reboot. 

Her performance impressed both the public and critics alike. From 2000-2006, Mullally was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards,winning twice. She was also nominated for Golden Globes and Screen Actor Guild Awards alongside her cast members, including Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes. If you’ve never seen Will & Grace, check out the show in the video above.

2008 – 2016 – Children’s Hospital

In 2008, Mullally was cast as the Chief of Staff in Childrens Hospital, a comedy series that satirised medical dramas. Toeing the line of being politically correct, storylines didn’t shy away from taboo topics and names. Unlike other TV shows Mullally has starred in, Childrens Hospital didn’t draw in millions of viewers, yet the show ran for seven seasons and won four Emmy Awards.

2009-2015/2020 – Parks and Recreation

Starring alongside her husband, Nick Offerman, Mullally’s character “Tammy 2” became a fan favourite for Parks and Recreation audiences. Playing Ron Swanson’s ex-wife, she starred in seven episodes across all seasons.

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