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Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli

On Thursday August 14, 2008, Xanadu Star Cheyenne Jackson had his own Broadway Wall of Fame portrait unveiled at the popular theater district Italian eatery, Tony DiNapoli's. Tony DiNapoli's is located at 147 43rd Street. The hosts for the evening were radio personality Valerie Smaldone and Tony DiNapoli's General Manager, Bruce Dimpflmaier.

Cheyenne 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. 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 and the Theatre World Award, as well as nominations from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2006, Jackson portrayed Mark Bingham in Universal Pictures' Academy-Award nominated film United 93. He also starred Off-Broadway in Nicky Silver's The Agony and The Agony with Victoria Clark. Jackson received a Drama Desk nomination as Best Actor for his starring role as Sonny in Broadway's Xanadu. He was recently seen in the role of Joe Hardy in the Encores! Summer Stars run of Damn Yankees at City Center.

Xanadu was nominated for 4 2008 Tony Awards including Best Choreography, Best Book, Best Actress and Best Musical. The show received the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical as well as the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Best Book of  a Musical (Douglas Carter Beane).

With a book "ingeniously adapted" (New York Times) by Douglas Carter Beane, and a score by Jeff Lynne (writer and producer for the Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.)) and John Farrar (responsible for most of the hits performed by Olivia Newton-John in the 1970's), XANADU features the top 20 Billboard hits, "Magic," "Xanadu," "All Over the World" and "I'm Alive."  Award-winning Christopher Ashley directs "at roller-derby speed" (New York Times) with choreography by Dan Knechtges.

XANADU also features scenic design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella, projections design by Zachary Borovay, wig and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe and musical direction by Eric Stern.

XANADU is produced by Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Tara Smith, B. Swibel, Mickey Liddell, and Cari Smulyan.

Performance schedule for Xanadu is Tuesday at 7 pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm, Wednesday at 2 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. For information and tickets call Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200

Photo Credit Linda Lenzi


Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Tony DiNapoli's General Manager Bruce Dimpflmaier

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Host Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
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Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson, Valerie Smaldone and Bruce Dimpflmaier

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Bruce Dimpflmaier, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Bruce Dimpflmaier, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheyenne Jackson and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Tony Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Tara Smith and Brian Swibel

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Tara Smith and Brian Swibel

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Sarah Paulson and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Sarah Paulson and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg (past receipient of a Broadway Wall of Fame portrait)

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Bruce Dimpflmaier

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Sharon Wilkins

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Richie Ridge, Cheyenne Jackson and Preston Ridge

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson and Wayman Wong

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Veanne Cox and Annie Golden

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Frank DeCaro, Mary Testa and Jim Colucci

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Jacob ben Widmar and Marty Thomas

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Patti Murin and Curtis Holbrook

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Tony Roberts, Veanne Cox and Arturo Porazzi

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Jim Colucci, Frank DeCaro and Hunter Bell

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Vanessa Nadal, Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Veanne Cox and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Veanne Cox and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Robyn Goodman and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Robyn Goodman and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Ted Sperling and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Valerie Smaldone and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Cheyenne Jackson, Jo Jo Lenzi and Reina Croce

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Eddie Varley, Jo Jo Lenzi and Reina Croce

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Annie Golden, Kenita Miller and Curtis Holbrook

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Patti Murin and Jacob ben Widmar

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Mary Testa and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Mary Testa and Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Annie Golden, Marty Thomas, Curtis Holbrook, Kenita Miller, Mary Testa, Tony Roberts, Whoopi GoldbergCheyenne Jackson, Patti Murin, Jacob ben Widmar and Kate Loprest

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
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