News Round-Up: June 10, 2021

Caden Wyatt with his dad, John, and his mom, Janell (image via John Wyatt)

Some news items you might have missed:

Buzzfeed: Just over a year since he first came out, Caden Wyatt, 15, (above) told the most people he ever has that he’s gay — and he did it with his dad by his side. For the first time in their lives, and likely one of the first times in their Oklahoma neighborhood, the Wyatts hung a flag outside their house to ring in Pride Month.

PEOPLE: Queer Eye star Karamo Brown says filming the current season of the “make better” show in Texas was the ‘first time’ he experienced ‘blatant’ hatred.

Instagram: Cheyenne Jackson is thankful he learned how to get ripped AF with his hotel room workouts. He looked pretty fit before, but I’m not complaining…

Buzzfeed II: Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) explained to Kelly Clarkson why it took him five years to start dating Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals) and it’s really sweet. “I didn’t see the light for a long time, and then I realized, you know, that he was the guy.”

Instinct Magazine: Caitlyn Jenner compared herself with Donald Trump in an uneasy appearance on The View on Thursday. When pressed by Joy Behar if she was one of those Republicans who believe Trump won the election, she hedged her answer.

“I’m not going to get into that, that election is over with,” but she proceeded to draw a parallel between herself and Trump. “He was a disrupter when he was president. I want to do the same thing.”

Christian Post: Pastor Lewis Clemons of Columbus, Georgia, could have settled a civil case against him for zero dollars if he agreed to acknowledge and record a public apology for allegedly sexually abusing and raping his former congregant, Lequita Jackson. He refused and went to trial. On Wednesday, a jury in the Superior Court of Muscogee County ruled in favor of Jackson and imposed a $500,000 verdict against him.

USA Today: Austin Swink was preparing to go on his first mission trip with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he decided to reveal the news that he was gay to his dad, Vaughn Swink. “I got this feeling that I just needed to get it off my chest before I left, because it was weighing on me for so long, not saying anything,” Swink said. He decided to video record his coming out to his dad, and posted the reaction online.

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty & Cheyenne Jackson Join ‘Seth Concert Series’

Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis join Seth Rudetsky for virtual solo concert events
L-R Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis

Award-winning stars of the stage and screen Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty, and Cheyenne Jackson will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series, the weekly virtual series based on Seth Rudetsky’s international Broadway series that began at The Art House in Provincetown.

Each weekly show will premiere Sunday nights at 8PM EST with a second showing Mondays at 3PM EST for viewers in other time zones like the UK. Tickets are available at BroadwayWorld Events for $20.00 (early bird) and $25.00 each.

Hosted by musical director and Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky, the first virtual event took place on Sunday, May 31 and featured Tony Award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara.

The series has since featured intimate conversations and incredible musical moments with Jeremy Jordan, Jessie Mueller, Lea Salonga, and Melissa Errico.

Audra McDonald will be Seth’s guest this Sunday, July 12; Norm Lewis will appear on July 19, followed by Megan Hilty on July 26, and Cheyenne Jackson on August 2.

Cheyenne Jackson marries bf Jason Landau

Congrats to Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau, who got married Saturday night in Encino, California.

In front of a crowd of 200 guests, including Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leah Remini, Alicia Silverstone, and Rebecca Romijn, the two men (who have been together just under a year) said “I do.”

Cheyenne posted the pic below on his Instagram with the caption: “M A R R I E D. Life is beautiful.”

Happy 38th birthday, Cheyenne Jackson

Happy, happy birthday to Cheyenne Jackson!

New year, new CD, new opportunities! As one year ends and another begins, Cheyenne shares where the past year has taken him and what’s ahead with E!News:

“This past year, there has been a lot of change in my life,” Jackson says. “Both grandparents died, a Broadway show [The Performers] that I put my heart and soul into closed after six shows, and some deeply personal things transpired as well.

“But on the flip side, my career took off,” the Broadway favorite continued. “I shot four movies, a pilot, a miniseries, sold out the Kennedy Center with my one-man show and just really grew exponentially as an artist. I craved a song to reflect that and the fact and realization that I’m opening myself up to whatever the universe has to throw at me. I can take it. It’s about being brave, being alive, and being right here, right now.”

And being able to put up with some pain. He shot the video while filming Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Gena Rowlands in Budapest.

“My feet were bleeding by the time we walked miles and miles to get those shots,” Jackson says of the video, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Peter Tokay. “But it was absolutely worth it.”

Jackson most recently starred as Tony in West Side Story in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, a recording of which will be released next year. The openly gay Washington state native also served as grand marshal in San Fran’s annual gay pride parade on June 30.

Check out his new CD, I’m Blue, Skies on iTunes.

Cheyenne Jackson – “Your Song” live and unedited

Ok, so if you somehow were not a fan of Mr. Jackson YET, you should be after this.

I’ve met Cheyenne, and he’s just as down to earth and comfortable with folks as you would imagine.

Great song, terrific voice (love the edge to his tone), authentic and completely devoid of pretense, Cheyenne shares a great Elton John/Bernie Taupin classic.

Serious bonus points for the canine cameo at 2:18.

(h/t Towleroad)

Ketel One Vodka Hosts ‘Walk Of Change’ At The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 24: Celebrities and supporters stopped by the Ketel One Vodka “Walk of Change” at the GLAAD Media Awards to make their mark – literally.

For each celebrity handprint left, Ketel One donated $1,000 to GLAAD. Participants included Bernadette Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Jay Manuel and Thomas Roberts.

When leaving his hand print on the Ketel One Walk of Fame, Cheyenne Jackson brought attention to his new wedding ring saying, “Look at my wedding ring!! This is so weird!”

Smash star, Phillip Spaeth, wasn’t shy about getting his hands dirty for a good cause when leaving his handprint on the Ketel One Walk of Change.

Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters flexed her stardom as she playful posed for the camera and even stated, “Am I making a muscle?” as she left her handprint.

The always fabulous Bernadette Peters

Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore

Craig Zadan, producer

Jay Manuel and Cheyenne Jackson

Thomas Roberts of MSNBC
Phillip Spaeth from SMASH

Photo Credit – WireImage for Ketel One Vodka

NYC tonight – Cheyenne Jackson at Carnegie Hall

Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of The Mad Men Era

Star of Broadway, Glee, and 30 Rock, Cheyenne Jackson invites you to snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 1950s and ’60s—a time when bossa nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip, and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi.

From the Carnegie Hall website: Tonight, we take you back to a time when dance music was smooth and new opportunities were around every corner. The Mad Men era of the 1950s and ’60s introduced a new type of culture in America that combined social decadence with suave sophistication. For those special nights out on the town, elegance was the mode, with ladies in beautiful gowns and gentlemen in tuxedos. Of course, a martini and the occasional cigarette were popular accessories to complete the “look.”

Tickets still available starting under $20. How can you beat that?

Click here to for more info/tickets

Cheyenne Jackson’s one night only Carnegie Hall concert – November 18, 2011

Star of Broadway, Glee, and 30 Rock, Cheyenne Jackson invites you to snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 1950s and ’60s—a time when bossa nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip, and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi.

Jackson will sing songs from the 50s and 60s for a one-night-only concert next month with The New York Pops orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

According to a press release, the show “will take audiences back to the ‘Mad Men’ era, when bossa nova was new and dance music was smooth and hip.”

The Nov. 18 concert will include Jackson crooning such songs as “Feeling Good,” ”Luck Be a Lady” and “Sway.” Steven Reineke, who is the musical director, also promises some contemporary songs that are a throwback to that time.

Jackson has appeared on Broadway in “Finian’s Rainbow,” ”Xanadu,” ”Thoroughly Modern Millie,” ”On the Twentieth Century” and “Aida.”

Click here for ticket info.