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News Jackson Will Play Gay Dad on ABC's "Ugly Betty" Cheyenne Jackson, most recently on Broadway in the Tony-nominated musical Xanadu, has landed a guest-starring role on the ABC series "Ugly Betty."

Cheyenne Jackson
Cheyenne Jackson

Variety reports that the singing actor will play a gay dad on an upcoming episode of the award-winning comedy/drama. A broadcast date has not been announced. Jackson, according to the industry paper, also recently filmed a guest role on another ABC series, "Life on Mars."

It's a busy time for Jackson, who will also make his Manhattan nightclub debut next month. As previously announced, Jackson will perform Back to the Start, featuring "songs and stories from his early adventures in New York to the present," March 2 at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. Seth Rudetsky will be Jackson's musical director.

Cheyenne Jackson, who was seen in the film "United 93," has appeared on Broadway in Xanadu, All Shook Up, Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He starred in the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, and his regional credits include West Side Story, The Most Happy Fella, Children of Eden, Hair, Carousel, Damn Yankees and Kismet. Jackson is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices and was seen Off-Broadway in The Agony and the Agony and at City Center in Damn Yankees.

"Ugly Betty" stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Tony Plana as Ignacio, Ana Ortiz as Hilda, Ashley Jensen as Christina, Becki Newton as Amanda, Mark Indelicato as Justin, Michael Urie as Marc, Judith Light as Claire Meade and Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater. Rebecca Romijn is a recurring guest star as Alexis Meade.

"Ugly Betty" airs 8-9 PM ET on ABC-TV; check local listings.

For more information visit http://abc.go.com/primetime/uglybetty.

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