Cheyenne Jackson to Join Lance Horne for FIRST THINGS LAST at Rockwell Table & Stage Tonight
LANCE HORNE - the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer - will headline a special concert evening at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 15 at 8:00 PM. Special guest Cheyenne Jackson has joined the evening, in addition to previously announced Ricki Lake, Ashley Fink ("Glee"), Shane Jenek (Courtney Act from "RuPaul's Drag Race"), Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years) and Julie Garnye (Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl) with special surprise stars. They will perform songs from his acclaimed CD First Things Last in addition to a special preview of The Night Before My Wedding, Horne's upcoming collaboration with Neil Gaiman. Lance's March 31 evening at Birdland Jazz Club in New York featred Alan Cumming, Rachel Dratch, Stephen Wallem, Alice Ripley and more. He recently contributed a movement to Tyler's Suite, a choral song-cycle dedicated to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University student that took his life three years ago. The piece, which also includes contributions from Stephen Schwartz, Ann Hampton Callaway and Craig Carnelia, was premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in March. Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.. Tickets are $20 with a two drink minimum. Visit Rockwell-LA.com for more information.
First Things Last - the exciting album Bridging pop, rock, theater and jazz - was called "sensational" by BroadwayWorld.com and "a decidedly impressive listen" by TheaterMania.com. It features the vocal talents of American stage and screen stars Alan Cumming ("The Good Wife"), Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls), Cheyenne Jackson ("30 Rock," "Glee"), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Ricki Lake (Hairspray, "The Ricki Lake Show"), Meow Meow (Edinburgh Festival Winner), Lea DeLaria ("Orange Is The New Black") and Alexandra Silber (Master Class at The Kennedy Center), as well as West End stars like Aneurin Barnard (Spring Awakening), Julie Atherton (Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q), Paul Spicer (Avenue Q), Emma Williams (BBC TV's "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?") and Hannah Waddingham (The Wizard of Oz, Spamalot).
Alan Cumming's chilling performance of the opening number "American" was called "a hard-bitten declamation of one American's beliefs and admissions with white-hot-bitter fervor" by The Huffington Post. The song was praised by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for its powerful political potency. Other highlights are "January" - the dark and haunting lament from acclaimed performance artist Meow Meow - to the bright and hopeful "Leap," as performed by London's Emma Williams.
Horne's compositions range from the raw emotion of "Tell Me The Truth," as sung by Aneurin Barnard, to the loopy humor of "The Little Prince," brought to life by Amanda Palmer. Horne flexes his jazz chops with the bluesy "Hurry Up & Take Your Time," given a sensual reading by vocalist Lea DeLaria. The balled "Anyone Who's Ever Been In Love" - performed on the album by rising theater star Alexandra Silber - went on to become a #1 Eurochart dance hit. Horne himself chimes in for the charming samba "Little White Asparagus Blues," which was written for T.R. Knight to sing in the documentary Asparagus! Stalking The American Life, but ended up on the cutting room floor.
First Things Last - which debuted with concurrent concert events at Lincoln Center's American Songbook and London's West End - was recorded at Yellow Sound Lab in New York, Abbey Road in London, Two Sugars, Inc in Los Angeles and the Bridge Sound & Stage in Boston. The disc also features Christian Campbell and Julie Garnye on backup vocals.