CHEYENNE JACKSON BRINGS “MUSIC OF THE MAD MEN ERA” TO WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Confirmed Special Guests Include Jane Lynch and Rebecca Romijn
Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 8:00 PM
Media Sponsor: The Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles, CA (March 6, 2014) – Cheyenne Jackson makes his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with “Music of the Mad Men Era” on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, concluding the LA Phil’s 2013/14 Songbook Series. Special guests Jane Lynch and Rebecca Romijn, also making their Walt Disney Concert hall debuts, have been confirmed to join Jackson for this one-night-only performance.
Jackson, in partnership with his musical director Ben Toth and their 13-piece band, will perform standards from the ‘50s and ‘60s including the famous bolero, “Besamé Mucho,” tunes made famous by such icons of the era as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones including “I Who Have Nothing,” and contemporary songs such as Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I'm No Good,” arranged and performed in the style of the era. The concert, which takes place shortly after the new season of Mad Men premieres on April 13 on AMC, will invoke the Mad Men feel - four-part harmonies, subtle Latin beats, swing rhythms and the era’s signature suave style. A recent performance of “Music of the Mad Men Era” at Carnegie Hall prompted the NY Daily News to tout, “Cheyenne Jackson has got it all and he showed it all: the voice, the moves, the quirky self-effacing humor. He gleamed like Don Draper’s Brylcreemed hair.”
Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented actor, singer, and song writer. Whether on stage, film, television, or in concerts Cheyenne continues to have one of the most diverse careers in entertainment. Last fall he starred on Broadway opposite Henry Winkler, Ari Graynor, and Alicia Silverstone in David West Read's new play The Performers and was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. He works regularly in films, including the portrayal of “Mark Bingham” in the 2006 Academy Award-nominated United 93, The Green opposite Julia Ormond and Ileana Douglas, Price Check with Parker Posey, and Lola Versus. Upcoming 2014 films include Mutual Friends, Lucky Stiff, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands, Opening Night, The Song with Christopher Lloyd and Kevin Pollak, and Day out of Days. On and off Broadway, Cheyenne has starred in: 8, Finian's Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League, Drama Desk nominations), The Agony & the Agony, All Shook Up (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nomination), the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On the 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays. On television Cheyenne was “Danny Baker” on 30 Rock for four years, and portrayed “Dustin Goolsby” on the hit TV series Glee. Other television credits include: Family Practice, Life on Mars, Ugly Betty, It Takes a Village, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Local Talent, HR, and Neil Labute's Full Circle with David Boreanaz and Kate Walsh. Cheyenne is currently working on HBO's Open with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Wes Bentley. In concert, he has sold out Carnegie Hall twice - "The Power of Two" in 2010 with Michael Feinstein, followed by his solo debut concert with the NY Pops "Music of the Mad Men Era" in 2011. "The Power of Two" was hailed by The New York Times as "passionate," "impeccably harmonized," and "groundbreaking." Variety called it "dazzlingly entertaining." Cheyenne continually plays an active role in the LGBT community focusing on 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).
Jane Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area. Recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, and Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, the animated film Space Chimps, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Margaret Cho's Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming's Suffering Man's Charity, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover, and Surviving Eden. Jane can currently be seen in the Ryan Murphy television series Glee on FOX, for which she is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for portraying the iconic television character, “Sue Sylvester.” Some of her other recent credits include the STARZ series Party Down, Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds, as well as the last season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Jane's play Oh Sister, My Sister! had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award. Jane also authored the autobiography Happy Accidents which topped several national best sellers list, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Jane was featured in the Broadway production of Annie as “Miss Hannigan” in a limited Broadway run at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in New York. She also will be seen hosting NBC’s newest game show hit, Hollywood Game Night, produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner later this summer.
Rebecca Romijn established her leading lady status in Hollywood when she starred in the blockbuster hits X-Men, X2, as well as X3: The Last Stand, as villainess “Mystique,” opposite Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. In 2011, she reprised this role for a cameo in X-Men: First Class. However, it was her role in Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale opposite Antonio Banderas that won her critical acclaim. In this film noir thriller, Romijn played a woman attempting to go straight, while being haunted by her shady con-woman past. The Los Angeles Times said of her performance, “Not since Sissy Spacek burned up the screen in ‘Carrie’ has a De Palma woman held the screen as forcefully as Rebecca Romijn.” Her other feature film credits include: Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, The Punisher, Godsend, Rollerball, Simone, Lies and Alibis, Man About Town and Lake City. She began crossing over from the fashion world to TV with memorable appearances on the hit television shows Friends and Just Shoot Me, as well as hosting MTV’s House of Style. She co-starred for two seasons on the Emmy-nominated ABC comedy series Ugly Betty. Romijn played “Alexis Meade,’” formerly known as “Alex Meade,” the presumed dead brother of current MODE Magazine editor “Daniel” (Eric Mabius). In its debut season, the show won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and the Writers Guild Award for Best New Series. Other television credits include; King & Maxwell, NTSF:SD:SUV and Pepper Dennis. Romijn was recently seen on stage in a production of Mel Brooks’ musical The Producers at the Hollywood Bowl. She will next be hosting the GSN competition show Skin Wars, which will seek to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country.
Ben Toth has served as musical director/vocal coach/arranger for some of the most popular actor/singers currently working on the stage, including Lea Michele, Taye Diggs, and Mandy Patinkin, with whom he performed to critical acclaim at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End. In 2011, Ben made his Carnegie Hall debut, serving as the musical director/arranger/pianist for Cheyenne Jackson’s sold-out concert performance of “Music of the Mad Men Era.” This past summer, Ben played for Tony/Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl and continues to play for Kristin in concerts around the country. Ben was the composer for the critically-acclaimed production of “As You Like It,” directed by Michael Sexton, and he composed the score for writer-director Josh Radnor's film Liberal Arts, starring Allison Janney, Zac Efron, Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Olsen, and Radnor. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and recently opened in select cities around the world.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from October through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.
Tickets for the 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently on sale and can be purchased online at LAPhil.com, in person at Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets.