Cheyenne Jackson - "I Get Along Without You Very Well/Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
A broadway star with matinee idol looks Cheyenne Jackson has been wooing audiences for over a decade now, on broadway, the silver screen and the right in your living rooms on television. He's been a loud voice as an out actor and his charm and candor have often helped him navigate the tricky world of the entertainment industry where homophobia is still rampant.
I've been lucky enough to meet him a few times, and he has always been warm and welcoming, though I'm sure he wouldn't remember our interactions they left a lasting impression. He is a throwback to the classic hollywood entertainer. No ego, no posse following in his wake, just he and his talent and his gratitude for being able to follow his dream and perform for us all. We need more performers (at least on the big screens) like this.
After beginning his acting career in regional theatre in Seattle, he moved to New York and was an understudy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002) and Aida (2003). He next originated the role of Matthew in Altar Boyz (2004). Jackson's first leading role on Broadway was in All Shook Up (2005), which earned him a Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." Since then, on the New York stage, he has starred in The Agony & the Agony (2006), Xanadu (2007; Drama League, Drama Desk nominations), Damn Yankees (2008), Finian's Rainbow (2010; Drama Desk nomination), 8 (2011), The Heart of the Matter (2012) and The Performers (2013).
He has also appeared in a number of films, including the 2006 Academy Award-nominated United 93, in which his portrayal of Mark Bingham earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 award for Best Ensemble Cast. He also had a leading role in the 2014 independent romantic comedy ensemble, Mutual Friends, and guest roles in television series such as NBC's 30 Rock and Fox's Glee. Since 2015, Jackson starred in the FX Horror anthology television series, American Horror Story, in its fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons.
In concert, Jackson has sold out Carnegie Hall twice: The Power of Two in 2010 and Music of the Mad Men Era in 2011. He also performs in cabaret. In addition to his Broadway cast albums, he has released three albums of popular music, including a joint album called The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein in 2008. In 2012, Jackson released two singles, "Drive" and "Before You", from his 2013 album I'm Blue, Skies. In 2016, Jackson released his latest album, Renaissance, an album adapted and expanded from his solo concert Music of the Mad Men Era.
So today, with arms wide open and belief enough for two, I choose Cheyenne Jackson's "I Get Along Without You Very Well/Don't Get Around Much Anymore" as my, just keep polishing, lustre like pearl still in the shell, let time allow you to continue growing, song for a, prepare ye the way, one small miracle, open your eyes to everything you can not yet see, Friday.
As a bonus, I'm including Harry Connick Jr's incredible version and may favorite original, the Ink Spot's.