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Kristin Chenoweth on her leading man in 'Promises, Promises'

April 24, 2010 | 11:00 am

Chenhayes Kristin Chenoweth was eager to take on the role of Fran Kubelik in “Promises, Promises,” because it represented an artistic challenge and a departure from the other characters she’s played on Broadway.

But there was another reason as well: Chenoweth and Sean Hayes, her costar in the Broadway revival opening Sunday, had become friends several years earlier, and wanted to work together.

They met in 2002 when both were making films in Toronto; she was playing opposite Matthew Broderick in a remake of “The Music Man” and he was playing Jerry Lewis in “Martin and Lewis,” a biopic about the comedy team.

“It was instant love, instant falling in love with each other and since that time we’ve stayed in touch,” Chenoweth said. “He’s come to my concerts. I was there for the last taping of ‘Will & Grace.’ I’ve always wanted to work with him.”

“Sean is perfect in this new show,” she added. “He’s coming to Broadway as a leading man. It’s not Jack from ‘Will & Grace.’ And this has been great because we both wanted to find something to do together. With the two of us, it’s as if we were separated at birth.”

To read my complete story about Kristin Chenoweth in the Arts & Books section, click here.

--Josh Getlin

Above: Chenoweth rehearsing with Hayes before the '"Promises, Promises'"opening. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times