Chita: Nowadays

On Monday November 7th I sang a couple of songs with Chita Rivera in her solo debut at Carnegie Hall.  Chita is a legend and a total doll and I was truly honoured to be a part of her show. I sang The Apple Doesn't Fall Very Far From The Tree  from The Rink and then Nowadays from Chicago, the latter of which also saw me busting some Bob Fosse moves which Chita taught me!

It was a great night. Andy Karl, Javier Munoz and the New York Gay Men's Chorus.

Here's a little highlight reel of the evening

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

On September 13th, my third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams was released.  Subtitled My Life In Stories and Pictures, it is a collection of essays and photographs I took, literal snapshots from my very varied and wonderful, blurry life.  

Here's the official blurb:

A magical concoction of the mischievous, tender, whimsical, and debauched real-life adventures of Alan Cumming, told in his own words and pictures. Described by the New York Times as “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and named one of the most fun people in show business by Time magazine, Alan Cumming is a genuine quadruple threat—an internationally acclaimed, award-winning star of stage, television, and film, as well as a New York Times best-selling author whose real-life vivacity, wit, and charm shine through every page of his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams. In these forty-five picture essays, Cumming recounts his real-life adventures (and often, misadventures), illustrated by his own equally entertaining photographs. From an awkward bonding session with Elizabeth Taylor to poignant stories about his family and friends to some harsh words of wisdom imparted by Oprah that make up the title of this collection, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams is as eclectic, enchanting, and alive as its author.

Fashion Media Awards

I hosted the Daily Front Row's Fashion Media Awards in NYC during new York Fashion week. My old chum Cory Bond was my beautiful assistant and a good time was had by all.  Winners and presenters at this year's ceremony included Glenda Bailey from Harper's Bazaar, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Gigi Hadid, Marc Jacobs and Carine Roitfeld.

UNHCR mission to Beirut

Over Labor Day weekend I flew to Beirut for a mission with the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. I toured Lebanon meeting people who have been displaced because of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. It was an eye-opening experience for many reasons, but mostly because I realised how much the language of fear and xenophobia was being used all round the world, and at its root are millions of people who just want to go home and are afraid of the same things we are.  These people were so resilient, as were the people of Lebanon who are dealing with almost a third of their population being made up of refugees.  I came back to the USA and started my book tour and was able to talk a lot about what I had seen and my belief that America needs to do more, as a responsible and compassionate world power, to help these people, instead of shunning, shaming and falsely labelling them. 

You can help too by visiting UNHCR.org

Club Cumming

On 7 nights after Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at EIF, I threw Club Cumming parties. I was DJ, my band - Lance Horne, Eleanor Norton and Stuart Semple - played, we had guests including Jesus, Brian Cox, Jonathan  Mills and Frances Thorburne, games and much, much fun...

PBS Arts Fall festival: Sappy Songs

My performance of Alan Cumming Songs Sappy Songs at the Smith Center in Las vegas was recorded by PBS and an edited version appeared as part of their Arts Fall Festival.

After Louie

I am playing Sam in the film After Louie, directed by Vincent Gagliostro and written by Vincent Gagliostro and Anthony Johnston. The movie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and follows Sam as he deals with his struggles from the past and the uncertain future.

Battle of the Sexes

I played Ted Tinling in Battle of the Sexes, the true story of the 1973 tennis match between the number one tennis player at the time Billie Jean King and the former champion Bobby Riggs (played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell respectively). The movie was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy.