BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Cheyenne Jackson, the hunky Broadway star who also appears on Glee and 30 Rock, is taking his new nightclub act on the road and debuting it in Miami.
"I've put everything together and written it. Just me baby!" says Jackson, who'll perform New Year's Eve and Jan. 1 at Prelude by Barton G. "I may do a version of this in New York. This is my out-of-town tryout, if you will."
Jackson, 35, gained fame in New York stage versions of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Xanadu -- singing and skating in a tank top and very short cutoffs. Last year, he co-starred in the brief Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow.
Calling his new act All I Know, Jackson says he'll "acknowledge where I've come from" without singing "a list" of songs from his past shows.
"It runs the gamut for a musical, everything from Louis Armstrong to Coldplay," says Jackson, who in October performed with Michael Feinstein at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Last year, Jackson and Feinstein released an album version of their show, called The Power of Two, a set of love songs sung by two of the nation's best-known gay performers.
Jackson and his real-life partner, physicist Monte Lapka, recently celebrated their 10th anniversary.
About 18 months ago, Jackson became an ambassador for amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
"When I started with them, it was just heading up events, call on my friends to get silent auction items, perform at these things," Jackson says. "Now, I'm taking a more active role. The MSM [men who have sex with men] initiative is going to be my area of expertise. I'm going to be more hands on."
In honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Jackson, Liza Minnelli and fashion designer Kenneth Cole (amFAR's chairman) rang the opening bell Nov. 30 at the New York Stock Exchange.
Jackson will soon co-star in a dramatic film, The Green, about a gay couple who move from New York to Connecticut. "My partner in the movie is a teacher in a private school. He gets accused of inappropriate behavior with a student."
He also has joined the cast of Glee, playing Dustin Goolsby, new coach of Vocal Adrenaline. "I'm the new bad guy, as it were."
Jackson won't disclose whether the Goolsby character is gay. "[Glee creator] Ryan Murphy would kill me if I say anything about that."
IF YOU GO
Cheyenne Jackson appears News Year's Eve and Saturday at Prelude by Barton G. at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are $295 (including a three-course dinner and champagne) or $150 show only on Friday; $195 for New Year's Day. The evenings begin at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 305-357-7900 or visit www.preludebybartong.com.
Cubby Bernstein and Xanadu on Broadway bring you Episode Six, starring Nathan Lane, former Cubby Bernstein client and Tony Award winner, who visits Xanadu star Cheyenne Jackson backstage and gets involved in an important discussion with several members of the cast. Visit www.xanaduonbroadway.com today!