Meet “AmFAR’s bitch” (his words!) Cheyenne Jackson. He’s an award-winning Broadway actor, movie star, songwriter and singer who Thursday and Friday (7/24 & 25) sings classic film songs in “Hello Gorgeous!” Cheyenne Jackson Goes to the Movies with the San Francisco Symphony. On this week’s Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday, 91.7fm SF + KALW.org), a sampling of his music – including an a cappella in-studio special just for us! – and he shares his creative and activist passions.
Jackson’s been in numerous films, including last year’s HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, and United 93, in which he portrayed San Francisco gay rugby player Mark Bingham, who was credited with leading the passenger uprising against terrorist hijackers of that flight on 9/11/01, and he has a supporting role in Love is Strange, coming out next month. His many television roles include 30 Rock series regular Danny Baker, and Glee Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby. His numerous Broadway and off-Broadway stage shows include Altar Boyz and All Shook Up, for which he won a Theatre World Award. He performed to sold out houses with the San Francisco Symphony last year as Tony in West Side Story, the CD of which came out in June on SFS Media; recorded “The Power of Two, “an album of duets with long-established gay crooner Michael Feinstein; and released a CD of his own original songs called “I’m Blue, Skies.” And with all this, he makes time for activism: He’s an ardent supporter of LGBT rights, including marriage equality – despite his own recent difficult divorce – and HIV/AIDS research, serving as an international ambassador for AmfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research).