CHEYENNE JACKSON “Music of the Mad Men Era” McCALLUM THEATRE Saturday – November 1 – 8:00pm
The performance by Cheyenne Jackson is the first in a new McCallum Theatre Series, “Mitch’s Picks,” which showcases artists with whom Valley audiences may not yet be familiar, but come with the personal recommendation of McCallum President and CEO Mitch Gershenfled.
Whether in concert, on stage, or in film and television, Cheyenne Jackson continues to have one of the most diverse careers in entertainment. With his staggering 4 ½ octave range, he is known for his vocal sensitivity and versatility.
Cheyenne Jackson was born in Spokane, Washington, and was named by his father after the 1950s Western series “Cheyenne.” Taught by his mother to sing, Cheyenne eventually moved to Seattle where he worked as an ad executive at a magazine and did some theater on the side. In 2001, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of being an actor. In 2002, one year after leaving Washington, he made his Broadway debut in Thoroughly Modern Mille as an understudy for both male leads.
Cheyenne’s first Broadway leading role as Chad in All Shook Up earned him a Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut.” Additionally, on the New York stage he starred in The Performers, 8, Damn Yankees, the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His performances in Finian’s Rainbow and as Sonny Malone in Xanadu earned Drama Desk nominations.
Cheyenne also has a successful acting career with numerous appearances on television series and film. From 2009 through 2013, he had a recurring role on the award winning NBC series “30 Rock,” playing Danny Baker. He also portrayed Dustin Goolsby, the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, the main rival of New Directions on the second season of “Glee.” Cheyenne had a featured guest role during Season 8 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Terry, the personal trainer. Additionally, he has appeared in episodes of “Lipstick Jungle,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order” and “Family Practice,” among others. On the big screen, Cheyenne has appeared in a number of films, including his role as Mark Bingham in the 2006 Oscar-nominated United 93 and as Billy Leatherwood in Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
In 2009, Cheyenne made his nightclub debut at Feinstein’s at Lowes Regency with a sold-out one man show, “Back to the Start.” He sold out The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall twice with the show “The Power of Two” with Michael Feinstein. In 2010, he performed his “Music of the Mad Men Era” with the New York Pops and at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. He has performed for both President Clinton and President Obama and throughout the country with symphonies as varied as the San Francisco Symphony and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
Cheyenne released a studio album with Michael Feinstein, The Power of Two, and his first self-penned album, I’m Blue Skies, which included the Top 40 hit “Before You.”
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 for HMI The Hetrick-Martin Institute.
The McCallum Theatre presents Cheyenne Jackson on Saturday, November 1, at 8:00pm. Tickets are $75. $55, $35 and $25 and are available at the Theatre’s web site at www.mccallumtheatre.com, or by calling the McCallum Theatre box office at (760) 340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.