Brían F. O’Byrne and Debra Messing Will Star in Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar On Broadway

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19 Jul 2013

Debra Messing
Debra Messing
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Manhattan Theater Club artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove announced July 19 that the world premiere of Tony and Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar will begin its limited Broadway engagement Jan. 2, 2014, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, the production, part of MTC's 2013-14 Broadway season, will officially open Jan. 23.

The 11-week engagement will star Tony Award winner Brían F. O’Byrne and Emmy Award winner Debra Messing.

Tony winner O’Byrne (Frozen, Doubt) and Emmy winner Messing (“Will & Grace,” "Smash," Collected Stories), press notes state, "play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving."

Additional casting and creative team members will be announced in the coming weeks.

Subscriptions for MTC’s 2013-14 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 or online at Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.