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Monday, July 12, 2010
Cheyenne Jackson is an American actor and singer from Newport, Washington.
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 tribute to Elvis Presley, All Shook Up. His performance as Chad earned him much critical praise, the Theatre World Award, as well as nominations from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor.
In 2006, Cheyenne portrayed Mark Bingham in Universal Pictures' Academy-Award nominated film United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass. He also starred Off-Broadway in playwright Nicky Silver's The Agony and The Agony with Victoria Clark.
Regionally in the US, 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. Early in his career, Cheyenne worked as a back up singer for Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley, and Liza Minnelli.
Xanadu. He replaced actor James Carpinello who had been injured during rehearsal. Previous workshop productions of the musical starred Cheyenne and Jane Krakowski. However, both Jackson and Krakowski opted out of the initial Broadway run, citing schedule conflicts. His performance as Sonny would go on to earn him nominations from the Drama League and Drama Desk for Outstanding Lead Actor.
In 2008, Cheyenne re-teamed with Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) to star in New York City Center's production of Damn Yankees.
He has guest starred on television series including: Lipstick Jungle, Life on Mars, Ugly Betty, and has a recurring role on the award winning NBC series, 30 Rock. On March 15, 2010 Jackson made his guest-starring debut on the long-running NBC series, Law & Order.
In March 2009, Jackson made his nightclub debut at Feinstein's at Lowes Regency with a sold out one man. He later teamed up with Michael Feinstein to create a well-reviewed nightclub act titled 'The Power of Two'. A CD of the show was released on November 3, 2009.
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.