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Cheyenne Jackson
     
 

Cheyenne Jackson seductorCheyenne 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 earned 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 his 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 such as NBC's 30 Rock and Fox's Glee; and guest-starring roles 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, he 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".

 

Early in his career, Jackson worked as a back-up singer for Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley, and Liza Minnelli.

Cheyenne Jacksonn 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 December 31, 2012 Cheyenne reprised Music of the Mad Men Era at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall with 96 members of the 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.

Cheyenne Jackson gladiadorIn March 2012, Jackson was signed to Sony/ATV publishing as a songwriter and given a developmental artist deal through Sony/ATV Hickory Records and Red Distribution.

On 10 May 2012, Jackson released his single "Drive", his first non-theatrical single and his first music video release. The video was directed by Austrian music video director Christian Hörlesberger and the track produced by Thomas "Tawgs" Salter. It was the first single released from I'm Blue, Skies, which was eventually released in June 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" was the second single to be taken from I'm Blue, Skies. In August 2012, "Before You" reached a peak of #31 on the Hot 100 AC chart.

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 as well as classic cinema of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. The director said the film was a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Personal life
Jackson at a New York rally for same-sex marriage equality on May 17, 2009

Jackson is openly gay. Jackson and Monte Lapka, a physicist, began dating in 2000 and married on September 3, 2011 in New York. Less than two years later, in July 2013, Jackson and Lapka announced plans to divorce. They filed for divorce in September 2013.

In October 2013, he announced he was dating actor Jason Landau on his official Instagram account, although they had been having an affair since August. In February 2014, they have announced their engagement.

 
   

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