It was announced last week that out actor Sean Hayes has been tapped to host the 64th Annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sunday, June 13.
Hayes publicly came out this year in a March interview with The Advocate and the following month made his Broadway debut in the revival of the 1968 musical Promises, Promises. The role, in which he plays the romantic lead opposite Kristin Chenoweth made Hayes the target of a much-criticized Newsweek article in which writer Ramin Setoodeh lambasted Hayes and other out actors for, in Setoodeh's opinion, failing to play straight characters convincingly.
Setoodeh's article has been discredited by numerous sources, including GLAAD, since it's publication over a month ago. Newsweek has yet to apologize for the inaccuracies in Setoodeh's article, but Hayes no doubt feels vindicated. In addition to his costar's eviscerating response to Setoodeh's article and the Tony hosting gig, Hayes received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, proving that audiences and critics have embraced him as a straight romantic lead.
In addition to Hayes, out actor Levi Kreis is nominated for playing legendary (straight) rock musician Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, and David Hyde Pierce, who has played numerous straight roles on Broadway, film and television, is being honored with the Isabelle Stevenson Award for his charitable work.
Tune in to CBS on Sunday, June 13 to see what Sean Hayes has in store for theater fans!