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Cheyenne Jackson & Monte Lapka

Cheyenne Jackson (born July 12, 1975) is an American actor and singer. He has played in many prominent roles in theater on Broadway. His first Broadway leading role in All Shook Up earning him a Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut". Additionally, on the New York stage he has starred in The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League, Drama Desk nominations), The Agony & the Agony, the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. ackson is openly gay. Jackson's husband, Monte Lapka, is a physicist; they have been together since 2000 and married on September 3, 2011 in New York. As of 2013 is reported Cheyenne and Monte split and Cheyenne moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor.

He has also appeared in a number of films, including portrayal of Mark Bingham in the 2006 Academy Award nominated United 93 which earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 award for "Best Ensemble Cast", in television series like NBC's 30 Rock, Fox's Glee and guest starring on several other TV series.

In concert, he has sold out Carnegie Hall twice: "The Power of Two" in 2010 and "Music of the Mad Men Era" in 2011. In addition to his theatrical musical career, has also developed a general musical career, with a joint album The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein in 2008. In 2012, Jackson released two singles "Drive" and the follow up "Before You" which became a Top 40 hit. Both songs are from an upcoming 2013 album titled I'm Blue, Skies'.

Jackson was born in Idaho on July 12, 1975, and was named by his father after the 1950s Western series Cheyenne. The third of four children, he was raised in Newport, Washington, a "teeny mill town" of about 1,200 people in a rural area on the Washington-Idaho border. His father is a Native American and a Vietnam veteran.

His mother taught Jackson, his sister and two brothers to sing and regularly played music from Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Elvis. He moved to Spokane, Washington as a teenager and came out to his parents as gay at age 19. His parents were evangelical born-again Christians and his brother is a pastor who has preached on The 700 Club. They eventually accepted his sexuality.


Cheyenne Jackson is an American actor and singer. His first Broadway leading role in All Shook Up earning him a Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut". Additionally, on the New York stage he has starred in The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow, Damn Yankees, Xanadu, The Agony & the Agony, the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Jackson's husband, Monte Lapka, is a physicist; they have been together since 2000 and married on September 3, 2011 in New York.









In Seattle, he worked as an ad executive at a magazine and did some theater on the side, earning his Equity card. "As soon as I found out what theater was, what Broadway was, I thought, Oh, that's what I'll do with my life. Just a matter of getting all the pieces in place." Inspired to rethink his career after both a death in his family and the September 11 attacks, he moved to New York.

Jackson is an LGBT rights supporter. In 2008, he was named Out magazine's Entertainer of the Year.

He is an international ambassador for amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research)

He is also a national ambassador and spokesperson for The Hetrick-Martin Institute.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_Jackson


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