Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs is the name of the hugely acclaimed cabaret show Alan premiered in 2015 at New York's legendary Cafe Carlyle. He has since toured the show extensively throughout the US, Canada and Australia, and soon the UK. In February 2016 he returned with the show to NYC and made his sold out, solo debut at Carnegie Hall, and released a live album of the same name. Click here for details of forthcoming performances.
From Alan on his first concert show:
“I had wanted to do my own show for a very long time, but I had been terrified at the prospect of singing without the veil of a character. Every now and then when I was very brave, or had been emotionally blackmailed, I would sing a song at a gala or an event as myself, and really was amazed by the connection I felt between me and the audience.
In 2009 I was asked to take part in the American Songbook Series at New York's Lincoln Center and I bit the bullet and said yes. I named the show I Bought A Blue Car Today, and in it I talked about my experiences coming to America and eventually deciding to become an American citizen. (I Bought A Blue Car Today was the sentence I had to write down in my naturalization test to prove my prowess of the English language!)
Three amazing things happened:
1. I felt the fear and did it anyway!
2. I really enjoyed the experience of playing myself.
3. A whole new career doing concerts around the world opened up to me.
A couple of weeks after the American Songbook premiere, I flew to Australia and performed I Bought A Blue Car Today at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Mardi Gras festival. (Yes, we started small!) Later that year I released an album of the same name, which won a Bistro Award. In September, I took the show to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End and when I returned to the US, I played dates at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, at Dallas' 2X2 festival, the High Line Ballroom in New York City, as well as two week-long runs at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
At the end of the year I returned to Australia to perform again at the Sydney Opera House and the Brisbane Powerhouse. In all these concerts I was joined by my musical director, Lance Horne.”
Over the next couple of years, between his filming commitments on The Good Wife, Alan performed I Bought A Blue Car Today in New York City (Joe’s Pub and two week long engagements at Feinstein’s at the Regency), Broad Stages in Santa Monica, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Fire Island, Pittsburgh, Palm Springs and in a triumphant return to his homeland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2012, Alan’s friend and producer, Daniel Nardicio, approached him about performing in his Legends season of concerts on Fire Island. However, this time Alan would share the stage with his old chum, Liza Minnelli. That August, history was made when Alan and Liza at the Palace stormed the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove. The show later transferred to New York City, performing at Town Hall. A live album, Liza and Alan at Town Hall, is soon to be released.
Alan would continue to occasionally tour I Bought a Blue Car Today and developed a new show titled Alan Cumming: Uncut, which was performed in New York, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco.
In 2015 he was asked to develop a new concert for a two-week run at New York’s famed Café Carlyle, and decided to make this show his most personal and intimate to date.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs premiered on Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 at the Café Carlyle to ecstatic reviews, and has since wowed, and continues to wow, audiences all across America, Canada and Australia.
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