Sean Hayes on 'Dancing With the Stars': 'I don't understand that show!'
By Jacqueline Cutler
May 6, 2010 8:30 PM ET
Start counting "5-6-7-8" and most Broadway actors will fall into step for a dance number.
They understand grueling rehearsals, which go into making the shows they're in ... and TV shows like "Dancing With the Stars."
So it only stands to reason that we'd ask the freshly-minted Tony Award nominees to share their take on the dance competition and whether they would give the ABC show a whirl.
The impressions might not be what you think. While "Enron's" Stephen Kunken hopes that Erin Andrews wins, legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp is "not familiar with the show."
Sean Hayes, nominated as best actor in a musical for "Promises, Promises," says he would never be on "DWTS."
"I don't understand that show!" Hayes tells Zap2it. "With 'So You Think You Can Dance' you tune in to watch people who can really dance."
Meanwhile, Kelsey Grammer ("La Cauge aux Folles") would "rather see my wife do it. She can actually dance."
Valerie Harper ("Looped"), who studied ballet at Carneige Hall as a teenager has more selfish reasons for not wanting to do it.
"I was a dancer so I don't know that I would want to be out there and be less than I was," Harper says. "When Gilles Marini was on it ... " she stops to collect herself and segues into an anecdote about Paul Newman, who had the same mesmerizing effect as Marini.
Not that we blame her. Marini has that affect on a lot of people.