Recently out Sean Hayes is among the five actors nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Actor in a Musical category.

In his Broadway debut, Hayes plays Chuck Baxter in the Broadway revival of the 1968 musical Promises, Promises.

Audiences delighted in Hayes' antics as he played campy Jack McFarland on NBC's Will and Grace for eight years but questioned whether the actor who played gay was gay in real life. Last month, on the cover of gay glossy The Advocate, Hayes announced he is.

It was the coming out that wasn't, because Hayes claimed he was “never in.”

“I am who I am,” he said. “I was never in, as they say. Never,” he insisted, adding that he never faked a straight relationship.

And he told the magazine that he lives his life rather plainly: “I spend time with a special someone in my life. That's all I need … I don't do a lot. I live my life like an 85-year-old man. I'm just quiet. It's fantastic.”

Besides Hayes, the actor-musical nominees were Kelsey Grammer (La Cage Aux Folles), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Sahr Ngujah (Fela!), and Douglas Hodge (La Cage Aux Folles).

The 39-year-old Hayes stars opposite musical icon Kristen Chenowith in Promises, Promises.

The 64th annual Tony Awards will be televised June 13 from Radio City Music Hall on CBS.

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