I read the audiobook of Goliath, the final instalment in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy.
I read the novel version by David Hewson and A.J. Hartley of Shakespeare's Macbeth, or Audible. I have always loved the play so to be able to read aloud this novel which explores all the back stories, and to play all the characters was a really amazing experience.
In the spring of 2011 I performed my cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car Today in Pittsburgh, Palm Springs, NYC, Atlanta and Chicago as well as a couple of shows aboard an Atlantis cruise ship in the Carribean!
My friend and musical maestro Lance Horne released his debut album First things Last. I open the disc singing his amazing song American.
To celebrate I joined Lance and a bunch of the peeps who sing on the record, and some other friends, and gave two concerts, first at the Allen Rom of the Lincoln Cebter in NYC and then in London at the Garrick Theatre.
I finally took my cabaret show home.
I did three performances of I Bought A Blue Car Today at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the Assembly Hall, the historic venue on the Mound, the former home of the Church of Scotland and the Scottish parliament. There is a statue of John Knox in the courtyard, and I wondered (aloud) during the show what he would make of me and what I had to say!
In many ways, it was a full circle experience for me. I cut my teeth at the Edinburgh Fringe as a young drama student doing cabaret in the mid eighties, with Victor and Barry. They went on to become the festival darlings for many years. But I hadn't performed on the Fringe since 1991, and so coming back with a cabaret of my own was a really amazing feeling. I'm older, wiser and ballsier, and finally able to share it with my homeland in a show that has so much to do with my Scottishness both in content and in the style of performance. So this was good times.
Here's a little report from NY1 about my run in Edinburgh.
I read the second instalment of Scott Westerfeld's amazing Leviathan trilogy, Behemoth, for Simon and Schuster audiobooks.
Here is a video of Scott Westerfeld and I chatting about the book.
In July performed my cabaret show in California at the Broad Stages in Santa Monica and at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and then back on the east coast at Fire Island's Whyte Hall.
For reasons too complicated to list, i.e., I can't remember, the SF show was entitled I Bought A Blue Car Today and the Santa Monica and Fire Island ones were Alan Cumming: Uncut.
I took a trimmed down version of my cabaret show (me, Lance Horne on piano and Yair Evnine on cello and guitar) uptown to Feinstein's, for the first of a two week run.
Initially I felt I wasn't the right choice for such a venue, and maybe I'm not, but what is the right choice anyway?! All I know is, I really enjoyed the challenege of taking my songs and my opinions and stories to a demographic that hadn't neccesarily sought me out. It felt actually really exciting, and kept me on my toes both physically and intellectually. So, another of those 'Don't judge a book by its cover, cos maybe it's not the book but they way you read it or the way it reads you, that matters!' learning curves.
I don't put quotes from reviews up on this blog, but please forgive me this once, as the New York Times called me 'a modern day Noel Coward'! I mean, come on!. It doesn't get much better than that.
I read Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston, for Penguin Audiobooks. It's entirely in verse and was really fun to do.
I was the host of the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Here's a little film I made about the evening.