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  1. LanieLanie05-25-2010

    Leonard, Thanks so much for this Rise and Fall. I appreciate your thoughts on Newsweek-gate and the other news items. Your measured and interesting response is sorely needed. While I was alarmed by the Mr. Setoodeh’s conclusions, he has the right to make them without being called ‘self-loathing’ eight million times. Do we really believe the only reason he wrote about Sean Hayes and Jonathan Groff is because he hates being gay himself? I simply don’t buy it (just like I don’t buy his general thesis).

  2. PaulPaul05-25-2010

    This is an old saw in the gay community: when a gay person makes an observation and states their opinion – and said opinion flies in the face of political correctness – the rest of the community schlepps out the moniker of Homophobia. There was NOTHING offensive in Setoodeh’s comments. I not only think he’s entitled to his opinion, I agree with most of his comments. People like Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are pitiful examples of Hollywood producer-stereotypes trying to protect their investment in Promises, Promises. Moreover, they are not interested in Sean Hayes career beyond what he can do for them in their show. Isn’t that obvious to anyone with two working brain cells?

  3. TonyTony08-12-2010

    Always great food for thought, Leonard. A question on the Sean Hayes issue. Had he not spent eight years as an outrageously flambouyant character on “Will & Grace” would Setoodeh have had as hard a time picturing Hayes as straight? I’m sure there are many people who might have a hard time picturing Hayes in a heterosexual role after creating such an iconic personna. I’m not blaming Hayes, his job as an actor is to create an image, and it’s not his fault if the one he created worked so well (I have no idea if he’s like that in real life), my question is more about whether or not Setoodeh is actually commenting on the quality of Hayes’ performance in “Promises” or whether Setoodeh isn’t bringing a bit of his pre-conceived idea of who Hayes is into the theater with him.

    • LeonardLeonard08-13-2010

      Well, that’s always been the question and it’s totally the right one to ask. I don’t remember the exact words I used, but I think I said that Setoodeh was inartful at best, uneducated at worst, and, to be frank, inarticulate at very worst. But the sentiment he expressed — that Hayes is basically playing Jack, and that it isn’t plausible — is something I agree with; I sat down at the Broadway and really wanted to give him the fairest, most objective shot I could. And, I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work. For one thing, Hayes demonstrates more mugging than a night in Fort Apache in the 1970s. Now, seeing Jack may be what people are paying for. But that’s not the same thing as suggesting he’s created a character that is separate and distinct from Jack. So in this sense, I think Setoodeh was right.