When the play opened on Broadway in 1968, Jerry Orbach, an actor with enough macho swagger to later fuel years and years of Law and Order, was the star.The revival hands the lead over to Sean Hayes, best known as the queeny Jack on Will & Grace. We were introduced, and then we started calling each other at night. We'd hang out at our lockers, but we never had class together. Hayes: I never, ever, ever think about any of that. This show couldn't have been revived until the right person came along. That was the initial "let's throw this together and see what happens" reading. With all due respect to Anne—who's a phenomenal actress and a wonderful person, and I actually think she may have felt this way, too—but I really do believe that we ended up with the best possible actress in the world to do this part. Hayes: We'd pass each other in the halls, as they say. Do you worry about how critics will respond, and whether you'll make the short list come awards season? If I approach it from any other angle, I'm just setting myself up for disaster. And I just have to say: People are going to be amazed when they see Sean do this part. Hayes: That's probably a question for the producers. It's exciting that this show is his Broadway debut [as a director]., Sean Hayes finally came out of the closet officially.
Sean never played the “no really, I love vadge” closet games, but he did steadfastly refuse to answer questions about his sexuality for many years, claiming that he didn’t want to limit his choices as an actor, or limit the audience’s view of him and the characters he could play. FYI: The full piece is here, I’m just going to edit down the relevant portions – and many are already calling this one of the most homophobic mainstream journalism pieces in a long time: The reviews for the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises were negative enough, even though most of the critics ignored the real problem—the big pink elephant in the room.
Sean did the Advocate interview as promotion for his role in the Broadway musical culture critic named Ramin Setoodeh – who is gay, Huff Po points out – on some kind of crazy tangent about gay actors playing it straight, and how much they suck at it. The leading man of this musical-romantic comedy is supposed to be a single advertising peon named Chuck who is madly in love with a co-worker (Kristin Chenoweth).
But complications arise when he falls for his boss's mistress (Chenoweth).
Lounging cozily on a sofa, the costars enthuse about the show—and each other. Are you trying to make up for all that alcohol you downed during the shoot?
show stealer Sean Hayes sit down to chat, they're completely buzzed..though they're totally sober. Chenoweth: It was a little sickening, but I was PMS-ing. You don't feel like you're eating a lot of them, but then 55 later... The close friends have long wanted to work together, and now that they're playing opposite each other in the first Broadway revival of , the dark musical comedy (with songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, book by Neil Simon) chronicles the misadventures of Chuck Baxter (Hayes), an office drone who tries to get ahead by lending his apartment to company execs for their extramarital trysts.