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Cheyenne Jackson, from Broadway to '30 Rock'

October 31, 2009 |  6:00 am


Either Cheyenne Jackson has a great agent or the actor's really on a roll. Maybe both.

The 34-year-old actor opened this week on Broadway in the revival of the musical "Finian's Rainbow," which has received nearly unanimously positive reviews. And today comes word that Jackson is set to join the cast of NBC's "30 Rock," starting with the Nov. 12 episode.

A post on reports that Jackson will play an actor on "TGS," which is the show-within-the-show.  The story says that Jackson's character is named "Danny / Jack Baker" and that the other characters aren't entirely happy with his arrival.

The site even has pictures from "30 Rock" showing Jackson acting alongside Tracy Morgan and others. It's not clear if Jackson is joining the series as a regular cast member or a recurring guest star.

On top of that, Jackson and Michael Feinstein will release their album of show tunes titled "The Power of Two" on Nov. 3.

Jackson, who is openly gay, is a staple of the New York theater scene and has performed in such high-profile Broadway musical productions as "Xanadu" and "All Shook Up."

In "Finian's Rainbow," playing at the St. James Theater, Jackson plays the character Woody, a small-town lad who finds himself caught up in a comic plot revolving around a pot of gold. The reviewer for Variety wrote that "Jackson's supple voice and relaxed leading-man confidence are a smooth fit" for his character. 

Some actors only dream of career synergy like this. Culture Monster hopes Cheyenne is enjoying it while it lasts.

-- David Ng

Photo: Cheyenne Jackson and other cast members perform in "Finian's Rainbow" on Broadway. Credit: Joan Marcus / via Bloomberg

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