VIDEO: Cheyenne Jackson Talks New LP, Upcoming Films & Broadway Return on TODAY
Broadway vet Cheyenne Jackson stopped by this morning's fourth hour of TODAY on NBC to talk about his first solo album, "I'm Blue Skies". "Writing your own music, you're giving birth to your own thoughts, your own ideas and it's exciting," said the actor about his latest project. "I went through a lot of transition this year, a lot of wonderful changes, tough changes, but you grow from it and you learn from it, so I'm blue, a little melancholy, but I'm also skies - I'm everything!"
The actor also spoke about two upcoming film projects, including 'The Song', in which he stars opposite Christopher Lloyd and Kevin Pollack as a songwriter who is struggling and trying to find who he really is. Also in the works, 'Love Is Strange,' opposite John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei, which was just accepted into 2014's Sundance Film Festival.
Jackson will return to Broadway this spring in Encore's Most Happy Fella opposite Laura Benanti.
On & Off Broadway, Cheyenne has starred in The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow(Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League, Drama Desk nominations) The Agony & the Agony, All Shook Up (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nomination) the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie,On The 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays. On television, Cheyenne was seen on NBC's "30 Rock" portraying series regular Danny Baker, and recently portrayed Dustin Goolsby, the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline on the hit FOX TV series "Glee." Other television credits include "Family Practice," "Life on Mars," "Ugly Betty," "It Takes a Village," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Local Talent," "Mockingbird Lane," and "The Onion News Empire."
In concert, he has sold-out Carnegie Halltwice: first with "The Power of Two" with Michael Feinstein, then with his debut solo concert with the NY Pops, "Music of the Mad Men Era." "The Power of Two" was hailed by the New York Times as "passionate," "impeccably harmonized,"and "groundbreaking". The New York Daily News said about "Music of the Mad Men Era," "Cheyenne Jackson has got it all,and he showed it all: the voice, the moves, the quirky self-effacing humor. He gleamed like Don Draper's Brylcreemedhair."
Cheyenne continues to play an active role in a variety of social issues including LGBT Rights, Marriage Equality, and HIV/AIDS Research. Cheyenne is a Board appointed international ambassador for amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and he serves as the national ambassador forThe Hetrick-Martin Institute.