Offstage with Sean & Kristin

By Melissa Rose Bernardo
05 Jun 2010

Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes
Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes
Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Promises, Promises co-stars Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth prove they're just as funny off stage as they are on.


Whenever Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth wrap up their run in Promises, Promises, someone should build a sitcom around the Emmy-winning stars. We know they're both funny in their own right: Anyone who saw Hayes as the flamboyantly out-and-proud Jack on "Will & Grace" or Chenoweth pining for the pie-maker on the sweet dramedy "Pushing Daisies" can vouch for that. But together, they exude an inimitable fizzy chemistry — the kind you want to bottle and dole out in 22-minute must-see weekly doses.

HAYES: Yesterday, I saw this "Oprah" thing.

CHENOWETH: I watched it last night!

HAYES: Isn't that crazy? Where they make people's legs longer in China?

CHENOWETH: I went, "Where do I sign up!?!"

HAYES: They break the bone, and separate [it] and hold the rest in place with a metal thing.

CHENOWETH: If I'd have only known that when I was younger! I would have been like, "Yo, parents! Break it!"

Currently, the duo is cracking wise at the Broadway Theatre in a revival of the ever-so-cynical '60s musical Promises, Promises, the Neil Simon/Burt Bacharach/Hal David hit inspired by Billy Wilder's office-politics-and-adultery film "The Apartment." Hayes plays inconspicuous worker bee Chuck Baxter, who has his eye on "this real pretty girl who works up in the employees' cafeteria, Fran Kubelik" (Chenoweth). But she's a little busy getting busy with Baxter's married boss Sheldrake ("Ghost" star Tony Goldwyn)…frequently in Baxter's apartment. Oh, yes — did we mention that Baxter lends out his West 67th Street one-bedroom to philandering co-workers who possess the power to promote him?

HAYES: A question I get a lot is, "So, are you guys updating it?" takes place in 1962, actually! There's nothing 2010 about it.

CHENOWETH: But the issues that they're fighting within themselves still exist.

HAYES: Infidelities, untruths…you will watch it and go, "Oh, completely been there."

CHENOWETH: I don't think there's a woman alive who hasn't been in love with the wrong man, and who can't see Mr. Wonderful right in front of her. I'm of a certain age and I'm not married.

HAYES: Yet. Wait till I get down on my knee!

CHENOWETH: I can't wait — you know I'll say yes! Do it at the curtain call. We'll get more publicity.


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