Sean Hayes to star in a play about Oscar Levant

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — A new play is being developed about the talented and tormented performer Oscar Levant and the lead role is already filled — by Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes.

Producers including Beth Williams and Barbara Whitman said Thursday that a stage biography is in the works about Levant, a pianist who was known for his roles in films such as "An American in Paris" and "The Band Wagon"

Levant, who died in 1972, wrote dozens of musical compositions, and did stints as a television talk show host and radio game show panelist, where he earned popularity with his broad knowledge and biting, cynical wit. He was equally famous for the psychological problems that undermined his talents and health.

Hayes starred in "Promises, Promises" on Broadway and on TV in "Will & Grace."