I did a version of I Bought A Blue Car Today, wth some new songs and materials and renamed Alan Cumming:Uncut at Joe's Pub on January 11th.
Of course it was partly 'new year, new title', but mostly it was that I was so bored of telling the story of why the show and the album was so called that made me come up with another title. (I still did the tell the story though, in the course of telling this very story that I was bored of telling!)
Back by popular demand! We made a return visit to the Geffen Playhouse and performed the latest version of I Bought A Blue Car Today for a week.
This was one of the most surreal mornings of my year. I was drawn through the streets of NYC aboard the M&M's Broadway float, and then sang That's Life live on national television, all part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
I returned to the Sydney Opera House for five more shows and also went to Brisbane to do one night at the Powerhouse. This time the band consisted of Lance Horne on piano, Rachel Maio on cello and me! It was a really paired down version of the show but I really liked it. I have always enjoyed singing with the cello, and it made the songs even more emotionally charged with my voice being one of only three sound sources onstage. I was sort of dreading it but I really came to love this way of doing the show. And of course, I love the aussies!
MAC Cosmetics asked me to write an article for thier magazine about how to be the life and soul of the party, and they liked it so much that they asked me to make it into a little film. And so I did! My friend Ned Stresen-Reuter shot it and I think it is esential viewing for any potential partier.
Ned Stresen-Reuter shot a video for our friend David Raleigh's single I Do!
The video is full of our friends and even our dogs, and we also asked people to use footage of their weddings from Youtube.
We shot over a couple of days in August in NYC and upstate NY, and Ned and I cut it whilst on vacation on the island of Oronsay, Scotland.
Here's an interview on ABC news with me talking about all of the above.
We took I Bought A Blue Car Today to the Orange County Performance Arts Center in Costa Mesa for two performances (OMFG, we went behind the Orange Curtain!!) and then to the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles for a week. Here I am on NBC news talking about the show
I am 44 years old and I release my debut solo album! It's mostly the songs I did in the stage show of the same name, with a new one added, Next To Me, which I wrote with Lance Horne.
The album came out on September 22nd, and we celebrated with an amazing release party at the Box in NYC (below right).
Here I am plugging the album on ABC News Now,
We took I Bought A Blue Car Today to London's glittering West End for 8 performances at the Vaudeville Theatre. It was really nice to be back in London and also quite fascinating to be there talking about the past ten years of my life in another country (the show is a sort of collection of stories and incidents that have happened to me since I went to live in America, culminating on my becoming an American citizen).
The best bit about the London show for me was the enormous picture that was hanging at the front of the stage as the audience entered. I snuck on with the band when they came on to tune up, and stood behind it, so that when it was pulled up the real me was revealed in the same pose as the picture. It was so Liza.
Here's a picture of the picture, and a picture of myself and Lance Horne, mid-song.
And also, a clip of me appearing on Loose Women to promote the show, including a very early in the day rendition of That's Life.