Cheyenne Jackson was one of those rare actors who channeled a conflicted childhood into an illustrious career on stage, television and in film. He first gained recognition for his headline-grabbing pe...
Blondie rocker Debbie Harry is set to perform a mini-residency at New York's iconic Cafe Carlyle next year (15). The punk icon, who rose to fame in the 1970s playing to sweaty revellers at the Big Apple's legendary CBGB club, will play for a crowd of a different nature at the upscale Upper East Side lounge when she makes her debut there on 24 March (15). She will perform until 4 April (15).
Former Glee singer/actor Cheyenne Jackson has also booked a string of January (15) gigs at the Hotel Carlyle venue, which is famed for hosting stars like the late Elaine Stritch and director Woody Allen, who plays weekly shows there with his New Orleans jazz band.
Alec Baldwin and his 30 Rock co-stars have led tributes to late funnywoman Jan Hooks following her death on Thursday (09Oct14). The former Saturday Night Live (SNL) star passed away aged 57, and her loss has sent a shockwave through Hollywood.
Her last TV appearance was in 2010 on fellow SNL alum Tina Fey's hit comedy 30 Rock, and castmembers including Baldwin have offered their condolences.
In a post on Twitter.com, Baldwin writes, "I'm sad to learn that we lost Jan Hooks, a remarkably sweet and talented actress..."
Cheyenne Jackson, who also worked with Hooks on the hit sitcom adds, "RIP JanHooks. Worked briefly with her on 30 Rock and she was a twistedly brilliant comedic presence."
Hooks also made a series of appearances on 1990s TV comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun, and castmember Kristen Johnston writes, "I can't believe it. Jan Hooks appeared in many 3rd Rock eps (episodes). We all truly loved her. I can't believe she's gone, another comedic genius."
Fellow former SNL star Amy Poehler adds, "Jan Hooks was an incredibly talented and lovely person. She will be dearly missed," while actor/comedian Kevin Nealon, who dated Hooks in the 1980s, writes, "My girlfriend in the 80s and my friend forever, Janners. God, were you talented. Too soon and too sad. #JanHooks."
Other tributes have come in from stars including Judd Apatow, Seth MacFarlane, Dane Cook, Patton Oswalt and Seth Meyers.
Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson has wed again. The Glee actor exchanged vows with entrepreneur Jason Landau at a friend's estate in Encino, California on Saturday evening (13Sep14).
Jackson tells People.com, "This means a new beginning for us. It was love at first sight and this is just the culmination of that."
The 39-year-old star wore a black Calvin Klein tuxedo while Landau was styled by John Varvatos.
Guests included Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alicia Silverstone.
Cheyenne was previously married to Monte Lapke from 2011 to 2013. The actor met Landau in rehab last year (13). They announced their engagement in February (14).
Jackson says, "We've both been through a lot in our lives. We got sober together. Now we sing and we dance together. It blows my mind."
Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attended a glitzy gala in New York City on Monday night (16Jun14) to raise funds for The Trevor Project. The TrevorLive event brought together leading gay celebrities to raise awareness and bring in donations to support the charity's work with young members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community who are in crisis.
Star Trek actor Quinto and Juno star Ellen Page, who went public with her sexuality earlier this year (14), were among the speakers at the event, along with Harris, who attended with his partner David Burtka, and Modern Family star Ferguson, who was with his producer husband Justin Mikita. Other attendees included actor Cheyenne Jackson and his fiance Jason Landau.
After the bash, Harris took to Twitter.com to write, "Had such a wonderful time tonight at TrevorProject Live. So impressed by this organisation. Please support them, or at least learn more."
The event was hosted by comedienne Wanda Sykes, while The Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington was honoured with the Trevor Hero Award for her work in support of gay rights.
There is a new trend of films, both maintream hits and cult favorites, being turned into successful Tony Award winning musicals. Some might say there are no new ideas and creativity is dead. Others may delight in seeing the movies they love set to song and dance. It seems like nothing is exempt from the treatment, from Disney cartoons like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, to heartwarming dramas like Newsies and Billy Elliot, and off-the-wall comedies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail (which begat Spamalot). There’s even an off-Broadway musical of the cult flick Heathers. It's getting some decent traction with its stylish production design and hilarious lyrics. Does this mean it could be the next toast of Broadway?
Some of the strangest films have gone on to become majorly successful musical. Here are some of the strangest and most fun:
Despite a memorable soundtrack and the magic of Olivia Newton John (ONJ) and The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), this film wasn’t commercially successful and was panned by critics. Heck, it even inspired John J.B. Wilson to create The Razzie Awards. However, it did make a wildly fun Broadway musical. The adaptation poked fun at some of the more bizarre parts of the film like ONJ’s love for roller-skates and leg warmers and some major plot holes. Greek muse Clio (Kerry Butler) goes undercover as a mortal named Kira with a thick Australian accent to inspire dim-witted artist Sonny Malone (Cheyenne Jackson).
The quirky British comedy drama finds a son inheriting his father’s shoe factory. When he befriends a drag queen Lola, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (yes, that Chiwetel Ejiofor) he gets an idea to save his factory. The film also features Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost. The award-winning musical version has songs penned by Cyndi Lauper (who won her first Tony for the show — she's just an Oscar away from EGOTing now!) and story by Harvey Fierstein.
Reese Witherspoon throws the whole notion of "dumb blondes" out the window when sorority girl Elle Woods goes to Harvard Law School. This highly addictive musical features Laura Bell Bundy as Elle, along with major dance numbers, insanely catchy sing-a-long moments, and fresh additions to the original story. Smash star Christian Borle appears as Elle’s dorky love interest Emmett. The series did not win a Tony but it did find a lot success and even aired in its entirety on MTV.
John Waters' edgy comedy about the 1960s race relations and dance series already had musical numbers, so all it needed was that extra touch. The 1988 film starred Ricki Lake, Divine, and Debbie Harry. It spawned a musical that won eight Tony Awards. It starred Harvey Fierstein and Glee star Matthew Morrison. Xanadu star Butler and Legally Blonde’s Bundy also had roles in this obscenely popular musical. Not only did the musical clean up some of Waters more edgy themes but it somehow managed to inspire a movie musical based on a musical based on a movie. It can best be described as:
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson and Glee star Jane Lynch are set to take on classic standards for a Mad Men-themed concert at Los Angeles' famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. The seventh and final season of the Emmy-winning drama starring Jon Hamm kicked off in America on Sunday (13Apr14), and on 26 April (14), fans can enjoy a night of music inspired by the hit show.
Jackson, Lynch and X-Men beauty Rebecca Romijn will all make their Walt Disney Concert Hall debuts in a show titled Music of the Mad Men Era, a one-night-only performance.
The trio will be backed by the L.A. Philharmonic orchestra as they sing classic tunes from the 1950s and '60s, including tracks by artists Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
A representative for actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson has confirmed he is set to wed for a second time, six months after ending his first marriage. The former Glee and 30 Rock star previously tied the knot with physicist Monte Lapka in 2011, but they split last August (13) after 13 years together, and Jackson went on to find love with fellow actor Jason Landau.
They went public with the new romance in October (13) and now they are heading down the aisle.
A spokesperson for Jackson tells People.com, "We can happily confirm the news."
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is reportedly engaged to her actor beau Jason Landau, just six months after she split from ex-husband Monte Lapka. The former 30 Rock star is set to wed Landau, a source tells UsWeekly.
The couple went public with its romance in October (13), just two months after Jackson announced he and Lapka had "mutually decided to divorce".
Jackson and Lapka married in September, 2011 after 11 years together.
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson has opened up about the breakdown of his marriage and confirmed rumours he is seeking help for an alcohol addiction. The Glee star stunned fans on Thursday (01Aug13) after releasing a statement to announce he and his husband, physicist Monte Lapka, are ending their relationship after 13 years together.
In a candid radio interview on The Frank DeCaro Show on Friday (02Aug13), Jackson expressed his sadness about his divorce, but heaped praise on Lapka by branding him "a wonderful man".
He said, "Yeah, it is a sad thing. It's a sad thing anytime a relationship ends. We had a good long run, almost 13 years. Like (the statement) we released yesterday, it was mutual and it was amicable. He is a wonderful man. It's a sad personal thing.
"Sometimes, I guess, I'm a little naive to think that people will even care, but they do. So, you have to understand the significance that your relationship had to other people. I know that our marriage meant a lot to other people. That's not lost on me, and I respect that."
When the Broadway performer was quizzed about speculation he is attending Alcoholics Anonymous, he insisted it was "pretty f**ked up" the story had leaked but confirmed, "That happens to be true."
He explained, "You know what, I own it. I'm proud of myself. My life is great... It's sad right now because we're both going through something that's really painful, but that's life...
"I started my recovery last summer and it became something I really wanted to focus on in my life and repairing relationships in my family and such. So, this is a really, strong, beautiful time for me, personally. It also is a very sad time because I am going through a divorce."
Glee star Cheyenne Jackson has split from his husband, two years after the pair married. The former Broadway performer and physicist Monte Lapka have been together for 13 years, and they wed in New York in September 2011, three months after same sex unions were legalised in the state.
However, a representative for the star has now confirmed the relationship is over.
The spokesperson says, "Cheyenne Jackson and his husband Monte Lapka have mutually decided to divorce. The couple have been together for 13 years and were married in New York state two years ago. It is an amicable parting and, understandably, a private matter."
Built up his résumé with successful roles in the hit off-Broadway musical "Altar Boyz" and a lead part in the Broadway production of "All Shook Up" as the Elvis doppelgänger Chad
Earned rave reviews for playing Sonny Malone, a simple-minded artist and roller-disco entrepreneur in the hit Broadway production of "Xanadu"
Co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the comedy "Lola Versus"
Starred in the Academy Award-nominated film "United 93," a real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 and crashed in Pennsylvania when some of its passengers foiled the terrorist plot; Jackson played Mark Bingh
Worked a variety of odd jobs such as a bank teller, waiter, and health club worker while living in Seattle, WA
Moved to NYC and made his Broadway debut as an understudy for both male leads in the Tony Award-winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Garnered critical praise for his performance on Broadway in the revival of the musical "Finian’s Rainbow"
Landed a recurring role on Fox's "Glee" as a competitive and conniving vocal coach
Set his sights on television acting with guest appearances on "Lipstick Jungle" (NBC), "Ugly Betty" (ABC), and "The Mentalist" (CBS)
Joined the cast of NBC's "30 Rock" as a Canadian actor and Tina Fey's love interest
Made his film debut in the short film "Curiosity"
Cheyenne Jackson was one of those rare actors who channeled a conflicted childhood into an illustrious career on stage, television and in film. He first gained recognition for his headline-grabbing performances in the Broadway musicals "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2002), "All Shook Up" (2005), "Xanadu" (2007), and in the revival of "Finian's Rainbow" (2009). After his meteoric rise on Broadway, Jackson delivered a memorable performance in the emotionally charged docu-drama "United 93" (2006), as one of the heroic passengers who foiled a terrorist plot. In 2010, he joined the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed series "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013), his first high-profile role on TV in which he portrayed a Canadian actor hired off the street who has an affair with Tina Fey's character. The high-profile role led to a recurring part on Fox's popular series "Glee" (2009- ), where his character drove most of the season's plot lines, and set the stage for Jackson to be recognized as one of the most versatile and riveting actors across all genres.