Sean Hayes to re­turn to Broad­way as God

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY MARK KENNEDY

For­mer “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes is com­ing back to Broad­way as a guy with plenty of will and grace.

Hayes will play God in a stage adap­ta­tion of the hu­mour book “The Last Tes­ta­ment: A Mem­oir by God” on Broad­way. The play, called “An Act of God,” is adapted by its au­thor, David Javer­baum, and made its Broad­way de­but last sum­mer.

Two-time Tony Award win­ner Joe Man­tello, who also helmed “Wicked,” will di­rect the show, which be­gins per­for­mances in May at the Booth Theatre. Javer­baum is the Emmy Award-win­ning for­mer head writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of “The Daily Show with Jon Ste­wart.”

The play is a chance for the Almighty to set the record straight - like that he doesn't hate gays and he can't help any­one sing bet­ter - and up­date his 10 Com­mand­ments.

Hayes, who played the Almighty role in Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco, in­her­ited the part from “The Big Bang The­ory” star Jim Par­sons, who played the role last sum­mer on Broad­way.

Hayes made his Broad­way de­but in 2011 in a re­vival of “Prom­ises, Prom­ises” along­side Kristin Chenoweth. A “Three Stooges” se­quel, in which he plays Larry, is an­tic­i­pated to be in pro­duc­tion this year.

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Ac­tor Sean Hayes at­tends the SNL 40th An­niver­sary Spe­cial in New York in 2015. Hayes will play God in a stage adap­ta­tion of the hu­mor book "The Last Tes­ta­ment: A Mem­oir by God" on Broad­way this sum­mer.

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