Cheyenne Jackson Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Cheyenne Jackson Shares His Theatregoing Experiences Among Jackson's most memorable productions are Hamilton, The Light in the Piazza and The Normal Heart.
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Stage and screen star Cheyenne Jackson, who will return for the sixth season of American Horror Story, released his latest solo album, Renaissance, in June on the PS Classics label. Adapted from his one-man show Music of the Mad Men Era, the recording—which features a 22-piece orchestra—hit the Top 10 on the Billboard “Jazz Albums” chart in its first week of release. Below, the acclaimed singing actor reveals the Broadway performances and shows that most affected him as part of the audience.

The Full Monty

Patrick Wilson in <i>The Full Monty</i>
Patrick Wilson in The Full Monty Craig Schwartz

First Broadway show I ever saw. Caught a matinee my first full day in the city. “Breeze Off the River” gutted me.  

Hand to God

Steven Boyer in <i>Hand to God</i>
Steven Boyer in the Broadway production of Hand to God Joan Marcus

Saw it in its first incarnation Off Off-Broadway. Affected me deeply.  At intermission I called a Broadway producer friend to tell them to get down there immediately...They'd already seen it...twice, and it was already in the planning stages for future Broadway glory.

The Light in the Piazza

Victoria Clark and Kelli O&#39;Hara
Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara Joan Marcus

So beautiful it hurt.

Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of <i>Hamilton</i>
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of Hamilton Joan Marcus

Reminded me what is possible with the power of musical theatre.

The Seagull

Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan
Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan Joan Marcus

Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas made me understand Chekhov like I never had before.

Jersey Boys

The company of<i> Jersey Boys</i>
The company of Jersey Boys Joan Marcus

Crazy good. The original boys were magnificent, and the staging and choreography were thrilling.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Christopher SIeber and Sara Ramirez
Christopher SIeber and Sara Ramirez Joan Marcus

Fully committed comedy. Sara Ramirez and Chris Sieber killed me.  

The Normal Heart

The company of <i>The Normal Heart</i>
The company of The Normal Heart Joan Marcus

One of the most electrifying nights I've ever spent in the theatre.  I'll never forget Joe Mantello's performance as long as I live. 

The Book of Mormon

Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad in The Book of Mormon
Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad in The Book of Mormon Joan Marcus

I played Elder Price in a couple early workshops, so I knew what I was in for, but what Andrew [Rannells], Josh [Gad], Nikki [M. James] and the rest of the cast pulled off was heartbreakingly perfect.

Billy Elliot

Trent Kowalik and company in the Broadway production of <i>Billy Elliot</i>
Trent Kowalik and company in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot Alastair Muir

Electricity.   

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