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“Promises, Promises” producers blast Newsweek writer for article on out actors playing straight

More reaction to Ramin Setoodeh’s controversial Newsweek article in which he implies it’s impossible for openly gay actors to be believable as straight characters – including Tony nominee Sean Hayes in his current role opposite Kristen Chenoweth in Promises, Promises.

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of the hit musical and such films as Hairspray and Chicago, have spoken out to The Advocate about the article.

“Ramin Setoodeh’s Newsweek article is so obviously self loathing that one can only pity the myopic world he lives in,” said Meron. “We share our friend Kristin Chenoweth’s outrage and can only marvel at the wonderful, true and yes, sexy relationship that she and Sean Hayes have on stage every night in Promises, Promises on Broadway.”

Added Zadan: “I think what’s most frightening is the continuing disappearance of the already thin line between pedestrian blogging and authentic journalism. In this instance, Newsweek has published (and inadequately defended) a blog by a self-loathing gay man who is not only wildly off-base, but who has simultaneously done his best to help slam the closet door permanently for the many actors who were contemplating coming out. I am proud of both Sean Hayes, who is a superb actor who can play any number of roles — straight or gay — and of his co-star Kristin Chenoweth, an equally gifted actor, who, without hesitation, had the mettle to rebut the author’s specious assertions.”

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  1. May 19th, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Tom Nunnery says:

    Thanks to the producers of Promises, Promises for supporting Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth’s remarks to Newsweek regarding Mr. Hayes’ ability to play this role in a respectible way.

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