Chuck Baxter, a lovelorn, oft walked-upon ad man whose unrequited romance with co-worker Fran gets complicated when she falls for his sleazy boss.
Hayes made his devilish New York musical debut as Applebee in the 2008 Encores! concert staging of Damn Yankees after eight years playing larger-than-life gay bestie Jack (a man with a flair for musical theater) on the award-winning television series Will & Grace.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Musical
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Breakout Performance
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Onstage Pair (with Kristin Chenoweth)
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
This is Hayes’ first Tony Award nomination.
Hayes is also a talented musician who supported himself early in his career as a classical pianist and voice lesson accompanist.
“I feel honored and lucky to be sharing a stage with Kristin Chenoweth—she’s the biggest star on Broadway! I have the utmost respect for anybody in this business. I wanted to see what it was like. I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to see what doing eight shows a week was like. I am having a blast [on Promises, Promises] and its entirely because of the people involved.”—Hayes in an opening night interview with Broadway.com, 4/25/10