Karen Walker was probably the person we were saddest to say goodbye to when Will & Grace went off the air in 2005. But now W&G scene-stealer Leslie Jordan has revealed Megan Mullally was thisclose to launching a musical starring Will & Grace’s resident boozehound.
Jordan, who won an Emmy as Karen’s fey nemesis Beverly Leslie told Queerty that Mullally was going to resurrect their characters for a Broadway show
“She had an idea for it, but was hesitant to tell me because she knows I have a big mouth,” admitted Jordan, now appearing on American Horror Story Coven. “She said, “I have this idea and it’s just you and me.” I said, “Honey, have you got permission?” She was very serious about it and had cleared it. She was about to hire someone to write the book and the music when NBC told her, “We aren’t saying ‘no,’ we’re saying, ‘not now.’”
Jordan says the holdup was that NBC was in negotiations for syndication rights for Will & Grace and “couldn’t have us out there messing around with the brand.”
The network let Mullally down easy, but Jordan says she was torn up about the project being scotched. “She had gotten permission from [Will & Grace creators] David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. They told her to go have fun and wished her the best,” he says. “It’s just indicative of Hollywood. I don’t know how anyone gets anything made with all the hoops you have to jump through.”
Will & Grace airs weekdays from 5 to 7pm and 11p to 1am, and Saturdays from 4 to 5pm & 9 to 10pm on Logo TV
h/t: Gay Star News