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Debra Messing On Broadway Debut, SMASH Cancellation & More

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Debra Messing On Broadway Debut, SMASH Cancellation & MorePopular multi-award-winning TV personality and erstwhile SMASH star Debra Messing opens up about the unceremonious cancellation of that NBC musical series earlier this year and looks ahead to her Broadway debut in John Patrick Shanley's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR as part of a new interview.

Messing says that SMASH likely led to her theatrical return, or at least acted as subconscious inspiration, opining, "Going to work on that show and hearing those voices and watching... the choreography was beyond inspiring every day."

"It's certainly reignited my passion Broadway and live theater. I like to think that everything sort of happens for a reason and SMASH brought me here and led to this timing working out," Messing concludes.

As for how Messing is preparing for her big Broadway bow, the actress asserts, "I'm terribly anxious but in the best possible way."

Messing continues, "This is dream come true for me. Theater is my first love and my dream was always to be in a Broadway play. And everything just sort of came together in the right way. I'm so thrilled."

Remarking on the cast and creative team of OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, Messing relates, "I'm humbled to be working with Brian O'Byrne, who is one of our great actors. To be doing another play by John Patrick Shanley. My very first job out of graduate school was FOUR DOGS AND A BONE where I understudied Mary-Louise Parker and that was John Patrick Shanley, so it feels like I'm coming full circle."

Check out the original story on the matter here.

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.