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Sean Hayes

 
Bio:
Hayes is widely known as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC's iconic sitcom "Will & Grace," which ran for eight years (1998-2006) and won an Emmy Award as best comedy in 2000. Hayes was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A talented musician, he supported himself ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Hayes is widely known as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC's iconic sitcom "Will & Grace," which ran for eight years (1998-2006) and won an Emmy Award as best comedy in 2000. Hayes was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A talented musician, he supported himself ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2023
Oscar Levant
  [Regional (US)]
Goodman Theatre's Premiere Production, 2021
Oscar Levant
  [Motion Picture]
NBC Live Televised Production, 2016
Mr. Pinky
  [Broadway]
Broadway Return Engagement, 2016
God
  [US Tour]
West Coast Tour, 2015
God
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2010
Chuck Baxter
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Summer Stars Revival, 2008
Applegate

Sean Hayes Biography

Hayes is widely known as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC's iconic sitcom "Will & Grace," which ran for eight years (1998-2006) and won an Emmy Award as best comedy in 2000.

Hayes was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A talented musician, he supported himself as a classical pianist and performed in a pop band while attending Illinois State University, where he majored in performance and conducting. After his college experience, Hayes began working in the Chicago stage community, serving as the music director at the Pheasant Run Theater for a few years where he appeared in several of their productions.

After moving to Los Angeles, Hayes had gigs as a stand-up comic, performing at the Comedy Club, and starred in the television movie "A&P," based on the short story by John Updike. In 1998, Hayes received his big break and landed the role of Jack on "Will & Grace," for which he won an Emmy Award (and was nominated six times), four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two TV Guide Awards, an American Comedy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations.

Hayes' other notable television projects include well-received guest roles on "Scrubs" and "30 Rock," as well as "Martin & Lewis," a television film that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as Jerry Lewis. Hayes appeared on multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom "Up All Night," in which he played a former colleague of Ava's (Maya Rudolph). He also made guest appearances on "Parks and Recreation," "Portlandia" and "Hot in Cleveland." In addition, he had an arc on "Smash" as a TV and film star making his Broadway debut.

Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 in the wildly successful "Promises, Promises," alongside Kristin Chenoweth. Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning film "The Apartment," starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, the play starred Hayes as Chuck Baxter, a young insurance employee who lends his apartment to his executives for their illicit affairs as a means for advancement within the company. In 2016, Hayes returned to Broadway as the title role in "An Act of God," for which he received glowing reviews.

Previously, Hayes was seen on stage in the New York City Center production of "Damn Yankees," with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson. In addition to receiving a Tony Award nomination for his role in "Promises, Promises," he also hosted the Tonys in 2011 to strong reviews.

Hayes starred as Larry Fine in the movie "The Three Stooges," directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, and was a voice actor in the box-office hit "Monsters University." Hayes' additional film credits include "The Bucket List," opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss," "Pieces of April," the voice of Mr. Fish in "The Cat in the Hat," "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton," "Igor," "Soul Men" and the voice of Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit "Cats and Dogs."

In 2003, Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first project, "Situation: Comedy," a documentary television show in search of the next great sitcom, premiered on Bravo in the summer of 2005 and garnered wide critical praise. For six seasons, Hazy Mills produced TV Land's hit comedy "Hot in Cleveland," starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Hazy Mills currently produces NBC's long-running drama "Grimm," a dark yet fantastical cop drama that takes place in a world where Grimm's Fairy Tale-inspired characters exist, as well as the network's successful reality series "Hollywood Game Night."

In 2017, Hayes played the role of Steven, the devil emoji in The Emoji Movie. He and his husband wrote a book named Plum, which is about how the sugar plum fairy got her wings. Hayes has always had an interest for the Nutcracker and memorized the whole musical piece.

Hayes has also guest-starred as Buddy Wood on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Sean Hayes Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises

Sean Hayes News

First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards; Little Theatre On The Squa Photo First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards; Little Theatre On The Square's ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE Leads Best Musical
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Latinx THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Returns For A Special Limited Los Angeles Area Engagem Photo Latinx THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Returns For A Special Limited Los Angeles Area Engagement In January 2023
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2022

With support from the Rosenthal Family Foundation, the critically acclaimed 2018 Los Angeles production of The Diary of Anne Frank will return for a special limited engagement at Burbank's Colony Theatre. The revival, which garnered international attention with its predominately LatinX cast, will run for three performances January 19 & 20, 2023.

KINKY BOOTS; GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR; and More Take Home 2021-22 Joseph Jefferson Equity Aw Photo KINKY BOOTS; GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR; and More Take Home 2021-22 Joseph Jefferson Equity Awards
by Stephi Wild - Oct 18, 2022

The Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago were presented on October 17, 2022, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL. Winners included Kinky Boots; Good Night, Oscar; and more!

Broadway Community Reacts to Angela Lansbury's Passing Photo Broadway Community Reacts to Angela Lansbury's Passing
by HaleyJane Rose - Oct 12, 2022

The Broadway community has shared their grief, praise, and cherished memories of Angela Lansbury in the wake of her passing. Read them here. Read touching tributes and stories from Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Audra McDonald, and more here.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Theatres Aim to Hold True to Their Values, Some Audiences Ar Photo Industry Pro Newsletter: Theatres Aim to Hold True to Their Values, Some Audiences Are Being Left Behind
by Alex Freeman - Oct 11, 2022

As theatres work to return to the new normal, we continue to find new ways in which the industry needs to find improvements on the way that they treat those that are creating the art - we have arrived at the ‚Äúrubber meets the road‚ÄĚ moment for every theatre that issued statements about their ideals in the past few years.

Wake Up With BWW 10/10: DEATH OF A SALESMAN Opens on Broadway, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 10/10: DEATH OF A SALESMAN Opens on Broadway, and More!
by - Oct 10, 2022

Today's top stories include reviews for Death of a Salesman, which opened last night on Broadway. Plus, we took you on the red carpet at the Hudson Theatre for last night's festivities. 

GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, The Behind-the-Scenes Battle Splayed Out In Public Photo GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, The Behind-the-Scenes Battle Splayed Out In Public
by Cara Joy David - Oct 9, 2022

It surprised the industry this week when playwright David Adjmi went public about his own tale of developing an Oscar Levant play with Sean Hayes ‚Äď and not the one that will be seen on Broadway this spring. It has become a he said/they said battle, but BroadwayWorld has the most info in the war of words thus far, including emails between Adjmi and Hayes.

COME FROM AWAY Creators & Cast Members to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Game Night Photo COME FROM AWAY Creators & Cast Members to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Game Night
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 3, 2022

Come From Away's Astrid Van Wieren, James Seol, Petrina Bromley, Sharon Wheatley, and creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein will join Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley for a Stars in the House Game Night, October 3, at 8pm ET/5pm PT. 

Listen: THE RANDY RAINBOW PODCAST Launches With Guest Sean Hayes Photo Listen: THE RANDY RAINBOW PODCAST Launches With Guest Sean Hayes
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2022

From the minds of Emmy Award winners Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, Hazy Mills Productions, on the heels of their hit podcast HypochondriActor, have announced their upcoming slate of shows that will begin to roll out starting this month with The Randy Rainbow Podcast. Listen to the first episode featuring Sean Hayes here!

Wake Up With BWW 9/20: Sean Hayes to Return to Broadway in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, and Mor Photo Wake Up With BWW 9/20: Sean Hayes to Return to Broadway in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, and More!
by - Sep 20, 2022

Top stories include: Sean Hayes will return to Broadway in Good Night, Oscar, opening in Spring 2023! Plus, One Shubert Alley will close its doors, get an update on Laura Osnes' defamation lawsuit, and more.

Sean Hayes Videos

VIDEO: First Look at Clay Aiken, Paige Davis, Donna McKechnie, & More in THE DROWSY C Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at Clay Aiken, Paige Davis, Donna McKechnie, & More in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Pittsburgh CLO

by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at video from Pittsburgh CLO's production of The Drowsy Chaperone starring Clay Aiken (Man in Chair), who returns to Pittsburgh CLO after hosting the 75th Anniversary Broadway Musical Celebration at Heinz Field. 

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 Videoplay
VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

Photo/Video: First Look at Sean Hayes, Ben Rappaport & More in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR Videoplay
Photo/Video: First Look at Sean Hayes, Ben Rappaport & More in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2022

Over the course of a four-hour release from a mental ward, and in front of thousands on live TV, the irrepressible and witty Oscar Levant, played by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor Sean Hayes, lays bare the necessity of insanity in the making of brilliant work and the cost he is willing to pay to entertain the masses.

VIDEO: Will Arnett Saves the Day After Jason Bateman Bails on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Videoplay
VIDEO: Will Arnett Saves the Day After Jason Bateman Bails on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

by Stage Tube - Feb 18, 2021

Will talks about filling in as guest after Jason Bateman cancelled, his 8 month old son Denny, getting back to work and having to venture out into the world, his podcast ‚ÄúSmartLess‚ÄĚ with Jason Bateman & Sean Hayes, booking Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, Paul McCartney and many other great guests, and having a billboard with his face on it up in his hometown of Toronto, all while eating a steak dinner that Jimmy sent over.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for BRIDGE AND TUNNEL on EPIX Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for BRIDGE AND TUNNEL on EPIX

by Stage Tube - Dec 14, 2020

Written, directed and produced by Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, Public Morals), this dramedy series set in 1980 revolves around a group of recent college grads setting out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan while still clinging to the familiarity of their working-class Long Island home town.

VIDEO: The Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Performs 'Rain' on ONE NIGHT ONLY: THE BEST OF BRO Videoplay
VIDEO: The Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Performs 'Rain' on ONE NIGHT ONLY: THE BEST OF BROADWAY

by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2020

NBC's special One Night Only: The Best of Broadway premiered last night, December 10 at 8pm ET. Cast members from Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill, Chicago, Ain't Too Proud, Jersey Boys, Rent, and more performed at the event. The cast of Ain't Too Proud performed 'Rain' which can be watched here!

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer For ONE NIGHT ONLY: THE BEST OF BROADWAY, Featuring MEAN GIR Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer For ONE NIGHT ONLY: THE BEST OF BROADWAY, Featuring MEAN GIRLS, AIN'T TOO PROUD, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More!

by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2020

Tony Award-nominated Tina Fey ('Mean Girls') is set to host 'One Night Only: The Best of Broadway,' an unforgettable night of music celebrating the incredible and resilient Broadway community and featuring songs from the Great Bright Way's top productions.

Exclusive VIDEO: Megan Hilty Joins Project Angel Food For Good with Two Thanksgiving  Videoplay
Exclusive VIDEO: Megan Hilty Joins Project Angel Food For Good with Two Thanksgiving Week Events

by Robert Diamond - Nov 22, 2020

Tony-nominee Megan Hilty joins Project Angel Food for two events Thanksgiving week. First, she is headlining the organization’s Night of Gratitude & Song on Sunday, November 22; then she is delivering meals on Thanksgiving to those in need day with her daughter Viola.

VIDEO: Will Arnett Talks New Baby & New Podcast on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Videoplay
VIDEO: Will Arnett Talks New Baby & New Podcast on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

by Stage Tube - Oct 12, 2020

Will talks about having a baby during quarantine, his podcast ‚ÄúSmartLess‚ÄĚ with Sean Hayes and Jason Bateman, having Kamala Harris as a guest, watching Jimmy deal with the Best Picture Oscars debacle with Mick Jagger, and we seem to have caught him during a voiceover session for Regeneron, the COVID drug that Trump has been touting.

Broadway Rewind: NBC Starts the Hunt for HAIRSRAY LIVE's Tracy Turnblad in 2016! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: NBC Starts the Hunt for HAIRSRAY LIVE's Tracy Turnblad in 2016!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 28, 2020

Today, we are rewinding back to 2016, when NBC first began the hunt for their leading lady, Tracy Turnblad- a part that would ultimately go to newcomer Maddie Baillio. One spring afternoon, hundreds of girls turned up for an open call  to show Telsey + Company what they could do. Watch as some of the ladies talk about why they showed up and hear from casting director Bernie Telsey himself!


Sean Hayes Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Sean Hayes been in?
Sean Hayes has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Sean Hayes been in?
Sean Hayes has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Sean Hayes been nominated for?
Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Promises, Promises and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Promises, Promises .

What is Sean Hayes next theatre project?
Sean Hayes's next show will be Good Night, Oscar which opens on 4/24/2023 on Broadway.