Cheyenne Jackson at a New York rally for same-sex marriage equality on May 17, 2009.
July 12, 1975 |
Newport, Washington, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Monte Lapka (2011–Present)|
|Partner(s)||Monte Lapka (2000–2011)|
Cheyenne Jackson (born July 12, 1975) is an American actor and singer. He has played in many prominent roles in theater on Broadway. His first Broadway leading role in All Shook Up earning him a Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut". Additionally, on the New York stage he has starred in The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League, Drama Desk nominations), The Agony & the Agony, the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
He has also appeared in a number of films, including portrayal of Mark Bingham in the 2006 Academy Award nominated United 93 which earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 award for "Best Ensemble Cast", in television series like NBC's 30 Rock, Fox's Glee and guest starring on several other TV series.
In concert, he has sold out Carnegie Hall twice: "The Power of Two" in 2010 and "Music of the Mad Men Era" in 2011. In addition to his theatrical musical career, has also developed a general musical career, with a joint album The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein in 2008. In 2012, Jackson released two singles "Drive" and the follow up "Before You" which became a Top 40 hit. Both songs are from an upcoming 2013 album titled Drive.
Early life 
Jackson was born in Idaho on July 12, 1975, and was named by his father after the 1950s Western series Cheyenne. The third of four children, he was raised in Newport, Washington, a "teeny mill town" of about 1,200 people in a rural area on the Washington-Idaho border. His father is a Native American and a Vietnam veteran.
His mother taught Jackson, his sister and two brothers to sing and regularly played music from Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Elvis. He moved to Spokane, Washington as a teenager and came out to his parents as gay at age 19. His parents were evangelical born-again Christians and his brother is a pastor who has preached on The 700 Club. They eventually accepted his sexuality.
In Seattle, he worked as an ad executive at a magazine and did some theater on the side, earning his Equity card. "As soon as I found out what theater was, what Broadway was, I thought, Oh, that's what I'll do with my life. Just a matter of getting all the pieces in place." Inspired to rethink his career after both a death in his family and the September 11 attacks, he moved to New York.
Theatrical acting career 
In regional theaters, Jackson has appeared as Tony in West Side Story, as Joey in The Most Happy Fella, as Cain in Children of Eden, as Berger in Hair, as Billy Bigelow in Carousel, as Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, as Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show, and as The Poet in Kismet, among many other productions.
Jackson made his Broadway debut understudying both male leads in the Tony Award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. He later served as the standby for the character of Radames in Aida, then originated the role of Matthew in the off-Broadway production of Altar Boyz. In 2005, he originated his first Broadway leading role in the musical All Shook Up, a tribute to Elvis Presley. His performance as Chad earned him much critical praise, the Theatre World Award, and nominations from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2006, he starred off-Broadway in playwright Nicky Silver's The Agony and The Agony with Victoria Clark. In June 2007, less than a week before the scheduled opening night, Jackson assumed the lead role of Sonny on Broadway in Xanadu, replacing James Carpinello who had been injured during rehearsal. Previous workshop productions of the musical starred Jackson and Jane Krakowski. However, both Jackson and Krakowski opted out of the initial Broadway run, citing schedule conflicts. His performance as Sonny earned him nominations from the Drama League and Drama Desk for Outstanding Lead Actor. Xanadu had several Tony Award nominations including "Best New Musical" for which Jackson and the cast performed on the 62nd Tony Awards show.
In 2008, Jackson joined Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes in the New York City Center's Encores! production of Damn Yankees. He returned to Encores! in 2009, playing Woody Mahoney in the staged concert of Finian's Rainbow which critics praised. Jackson also starred in the development workshop of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the music for Avenue Q.
In October 2009 Jackson opened on Broadway to positive critical reviews reprising the role of Woody Mahoney in the Broadway revival of the 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow at the St. James Theatre, costarring with Jim Norton and Kate Baldwin. The Wall Street Journal raved, "The way that [Kate Baldwin] and Cheyenne Jackson sing "Old Devil Moon" is the stuff best-selling cast albums are made of." The show closed on January 17, 2010. Along with the company of Finian's Rainbow, he recorded the Broadway revival cast album in early December 2009, with a release date of February 2, 2010.
In September 2011, Jackson joined Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Matt Bomer, Christine Lahti, and John Lithgow as part of the premier Broadway Cast of Dustin Lance Black's new play 8, directed by Joe Mantello. In June 2012, Jackson starred opposite Krysten Ritter in Neil LaBute's The Heart of The Matter produced by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
In the 2012-2013 Broadway season, Jackson, Henry Winkler, Alicia Silverstone, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber and Ari Graynor starred in David West Read's play The Performers which started previews on Oct 23, 2012 at the Longacre Theatre. The play closed on November 18, 2012, after 23 previews and 7 regular performances. Critical reception for the overall play was mixed with an median Stage Grade of C. However, a majority of reviewers including Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, and The Associated Press gave extremely positive reviews to both Cheyenne Jackson's and Ari Graynor's performances. Broadway producers cited the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the box office as the primary reason for the show's early closing.
Film career 
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In films, Jackson most notably portrayed 9/11 victim and hero Mark Bingham in the 2006 Academy Award nominated United 93 which earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 award for "Best Ensemble Cast".
He has also appeared in several other films including: Curiosity (2005), Hysteria (2010), Smile (2011) the critically lauded The Green (opposite Julia Ormond and Illeana Douglas), and 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection Price Check (with Parker Posey). He portrayed Greta Gerwig's boyfriend Roger in the 2012 Fox Searchlight Pictures film Lola Versus. In 2013, he will star in the HBO biopic of Liberace, Behind The Candelabra with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. He will also be seen in the independent films Lucky Stiff, Mutual Friends, and Beautiful Now.
Cheyenne Jackson and Gena Rowlands are set for the lead roles in the film version of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks scheduled for 2014 release. Jackson plays Michael Minetti, who is hired by retiree Lily Harrison (Rowlands) to give her private dance lessons at her home for six weeks. The unlikely pair soon develop a deep friendship after an initially antagonistic relationship. The film also co-stars Jacki Weaver who plays a dance student of Mr. Jackson's character. The film is based on Richard Alfieri's Broadway play of the same name and is directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman.
Television career 
From 2009 through 2013, Jackson had a recurring role on the award winning NBC series, 30 Rock playing Danny Baker. Jackson also portrayed Dustin Goolsby, the coach of "Vocal Adrenaline," the main rival of "New Directions" on Fox's hit show Glee second season.
He has guest starred on several television series including; Lipstick Jungle, Life on Mars, Ugly Betty and was featured in a prominent guest role during Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. His character "Terry" was the personal trainer to Larry David and Wanda Sykes. On March 15, 2010, Jackson made his guest-starring debut on the long-running NBC series, Law & Order in an episode entitled Innocence.
Additionally, Jackson guest starred on the pilot episode of NBC's revamp of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, written by Bryan Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer. Jackson portrayed Scout Master Steve, a competing love interest for Portia de Rossi's character Lily Munster; the show also stars Eddie Izzard and Jerry O'Connell. NBC aired the pilot as a Halloween special on October 26, 2012.
Jackson has starred in several notable webisode series including; Cubby Bernstein opposite Nathan Lane, Legally Brown with Allison Janney, and The [title of show] Show from the meta-fictional Broadway musical [Title of Show].
Musical career 
In March 2009, Jackson made his nightclub debut at Feinstein's at Lowes Regency with a sold out one man show titled "Back to the Start". He later teamed up with Michael Feinstein to create a well-received nightclub act titled "The Power of Two". A CD of the show was released on November 3, 2009.
The Power of Two, a concert reuniting Jackson and Feinstein, was presented at Carnegie Hall on October 29, 2010. Jackson was the guest artist performing with the New York Pops in concert, "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era," at Carnegie Hall on November 18, 2011. Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News wrote, "There, in Judy (Garland)'s spot singing Joni (Mitchell)’s song, (Cheyenne) Jackson turned the bittersweet ballad into a beautiful highlight in an evening filled with luscious moments with the New York Pops."
On Dec 31, 2012 Cheyenne reprised Music of the Mad Men Era at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall with 96 members of National Symphony Orchestra . His special musical guest was Tony winner Nina Arianda The concert sold out within days and was hailed by critics as stunning, surprising, and a cool way to ring in 2013.
On 10 May 2012, Jackson released his single "Drive" being his first non-theatrical single and his first music video release, the latter directed by Austrian music video director Christian Hörlesberger. "Drive," produced by Thomas "Tawgs" Salter. is the first track from an upcoming album also called Drive. The release of the full length album is scheduled for early 2013. The album was co-written by Jackson himself with Sia Furler, Stephen "Stevie" Aiello, and Charlotte Sometimes.
On July 10, 2012, Jackson released his second single "Before You" also produced by Thomas "Tawgs" Salter. "Before You" will be the second track from Drive. In August 2012, "Before You" reached a peak rank of #31 on the Hot 100 AC Charts.
The music video for "Before You" was directed by Nick Everhart and also stars Rachel Dratch and Christina Cole. It was inspired by the 60s monster TV shows (The Addams Family and The Munsters) and classic cinema of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. The director said the film was a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Personal life 
Charity and activism 
In popular culture 
- Jackson appeared on the cover of The Advocate issue #1006. The magazine used the caption: "Hello, gorgeous! For leading man Cheyenne Jackson, coming out is a beautiful thing".
- In 2008, Jackson was chosen as one of the 'People of the Year" by Out and appeared alongside Gus Van Sant, Katy Perry and Sam Sparro on the magazine's special December 2008 issue, being the magazine's 100th issue.
- In April 2010, he appeared on the cover of Canadian fab magazine under title "Cheyenne Jakson: I Love New York" with photographs by Mike Ruiz.
- He also appeared on Out magazine's November 2010 under the title "Shine on, Cheyenne: Glee 's hot new villain on love, redemption & Wonder Woman"
- In July 2012, Jackson appeared on the cover of attitude magazine with photographs by Joseph Sinclair.
Studio albums 
|Year||Album details||Peak positions|
|2008||The Power of Two (with Michael Feinstein)||17||15|
- Original Broadway Cast Albums
- 2013: Drive (scheduled for release in 2013)
- 2012: "Drive"
- 2012: "Before You"
- 2013: "Don't Wanna Know"
Professional credits 
|2006||United 93||Mark Bingham|
|2013||Behind the Candelabra||Billy Leatherwood|
|2008||Family Practice||Lifetime||Series lead|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||NBC||Guest star, "Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada"|
|2009||Ugly Betty||ABC||Guest star, "Sugar Daddy"|
|2009–Present||30 Rock||NBC||Danny (Jack) Baker|
|2010||Law & Order||NBC||Guest star|
|2010||It Takes a Village (Pilot)||ABC||Scott|
|2010–2011||Glee||FOX||Dustin Goolsby (Coach of Vocal Adrenaline)
recurring role for Season 2, dropped in Season 3
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||HBO||Terry|
|2012||Local Talent||USA Network||Dr. Tim Brody|
|2012||Mockingbird Lane||NBC||Scout Master Steve|
Broadway & Off Broadway
|2002||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Jimmy Smith/ U/S Trevor Graydon
|2003||Aida||Radames (Replacement)||Palace Theatre|
|2004||Altar Boyz||Matthew||Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
|2005||The 24 Hour Plays||Kevin||American Airlines Theatre|
|On the Twentieth Century||"Life is Like a Train" Porter||New Amsterdam Theatre|
|All Shook Up||Chad (Original)||Palace Theatre|
|2006||The Agony and The Agony||Chet||Vineyard Theatre|
|2007||Xanadu||Sonny Malone (Original)||Helen Hayes Theatre|
|2008||Damn Yankees||Joe Hardy||New York City Center Encores!|
|2009||Finian's Rainbow||Woody||New York City Center Encores!|
|2010||Finian's Rainbow||Woody||St. James Theatre|
|2011||8||Paul Katami||Eugene O'Neill Theatre|
|2012||The Heart of the Matter||Him||Lucille Lortel Theatre|
|2013||The Perfomers||Mandrew||Longacre Theatre|
Awards and honors 
- 2005 Theatre World Award, Outstanding Broadway Debut – All Shook Up
- 2006 Boston Society of Film Critics, Best Ensemble Cast – United 93'"
- 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor -All Shook Up
- 2005 Drama League, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor – All Shook Up
- 2008 Drama Desk, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor – Xanadu
- 2008 Drama League, Distinguished Performance Award- Xanadu
- 2010 Drama Desk, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor – Finian's Rainbow
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- "A Pot of Sunny Gold in Those Green Hills". New York Times. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
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- Swanson, Carol (2004). "Vanessa Williams: Silver and Gold". Christmasreviews.com. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
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