Actor, singer-songwriter Cheyenne Jackson will perform in concert with multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Saturday, March 5, at the Palladium in Carmel.
It will be the third time the Broadway, film and television star has performed at the Palladium. His last appearance in the Indianapolis area was in July, 2014 when he performed at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club.
Jackson was seen last season in the FX Network’s hit television series, “American Horror Story: Hotel” He is also familiar for his roles on “Glee,” and “30 Rock.” Musical theater and concert fans will know him for his eight Broadway shows and performances with major orchestras in famous venues all over the county. Also a film star, Jackson has appeared in over 20 films and as a recording artist has been featured on 12 albums including “I’m Blue, Skies,” his own CD released in 2013.
byteclay.com recently spoke by phone with Jackson from his home in Los Angeles about his concert with Feinstein as well as his recent and upcoming projects.
What will your concert program consist of?
Michael and I haven’t performed together in a few years so we are going to do some of the material we did on our album together (“The Power of Two” – 2009). Probably half of it will be stuff we’ve done before. I am going to do some songs that I have never done with him before and others I have been touring with.
What is like performing with Feinstein?
Michael is safe. When I am on stage with him I feel safe. I feel supported. He is very in the moment. He is very off the cuff, quick to improvise and has fun. He respects the material and respects the audience so much. I have learned a lot from him in that regard. He really works on his craft and works on his shows. He never slaps just any old thing together. It is a great thing to aspire to. We have been friends for so many years now and have not sung together for a couple of years now so I am really looking forward to it.
What do you remember most from your previous Palladium concerts?
All I remember is really good acoustics and that the audiences were really effusive and just great.
Are you on hiatus from American Horror Story?
We ended filming right before Christmas.
Has appearing on “American Horror Story” changed things for you?
Anytime you are on television is a good thing because you are in the mix. I always wanted to be on that show in particular. I think it is really clever and dark. It has been a really fun, fulfilling and challenging experience.
How do you like working under Ryan Murphy?
Great. It is the third time I have worked with Ryan and sure it won’t be the last.
How was it working with the cast?
Oh, that cast is so fun. In this industry all you can do is really hope for a great troupe of actors who professional, committed and interesting. You would be hard pressed to find a group of people more so. It was a little intimidating walking on a set like that what with Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulsen, and Wes Bentley but everybody is in it together. Everybody is committed and supportive and really fun.
Were you surprised that Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe for her performance on AHS?
No. I wasn’t. She worked really hard. She was really fun to work with and people really respected what she did, so no. I wasn’t surprised. I was just happy for her.
What are you working on these days?
I am still doing it all. As long as I can, I am doing everything I can—movies and television. I just did the” Secret Garden” concert (Manhattan Concert Productions) in New York at Lincoln Center. Incredible. I sang Dr. Craven and Ramin Karimloo played my brother. Incredible cast. Sold out. 6,000 people. 400 people in the choir.
How did if feel doing all that preparation for only two performances?
Yes, I do wish that there were at least a week but it kind of makes it special if it is just two times. You just have to appreciate it while it is happening and know that you open one day and close the next day. That the sum of it.
Are you doing any films?
Yes. During the last few years, I have done about five films and they are all in various stages. Last week, a movie I was in called “Day out of Days.” Zoe Cassavettes came out. I was directed and wrote it. It has really great cast including Melanie Griffith and Eddie Izzard. I just finished shooting a film a month ago. It was based on Michael John LaChiusa’s musical “Hello Again” and my leading lady was Audra McDonald.
Are you doing concerts in addition to all the other projects you involved in?
Yes, I do about two a month, depending on shoots or other project and wherever I happen to be.
Any films coming up?
Not that I can talk about unfortunately.
Any CDs in the works?
I am going to New York next week to record my sophomore album. It’s going to be the songs I have been touring for the last three years, all over the country. It’s music that has been a huge part of my life and I really want to preserve it before I move on to my next phase. The CD will consist of music of the Mad Men era, some American Songbook, and a couple of pop songs. It’s very linear. I am excited to get it recorded.
When will you go back to filming American Horror Story?
I don’t know if I am going to yet. They don’t cast this next season until March. I hope to. I would love to. We would all love to be asked back. Everything happens in March.
For tickets and information about the Feinstein & Cheyenne Jackson concert call (327) 843-3800 or visit thecenterfortheperformingarts.org.