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Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs was originally developed for a two-week stint at the Café Carlyle, the quintessential New York supper club. The gig became a bonafied Manhattan happening.

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cottish born actor, author and activist Alan Cumming may be the most versatile person in show business. He’s unapologetically himself — endearingly strange, but endlessly fascinating — and boasts legions of fans who can’t wait to see what he tries next. Most recently he played the blunt but astute campaign strategist Eli Gold on the CBS legal and political drama The Good Wife. Now he’s now touring the country with a critically acclaimed cabaret show. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs offers locals a bite of the Big Apple on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets start at $35. The show premiered last year at New York's legendary Café Carlyle on the Upper East Side, where it drew packed houses of both celebrities and everyday aficionados eager to see the Emmy nominee and Tony winner in a concert setting.

Cumming has since taken the show on the road, touring extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. In February, he brought Sappy Songs back to New York and sold out Carnegie Hall. That show was recorded and released as a live album. “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,” Cumming told an interviewer. “Every 26

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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.” Cumming got the chance to establish himself as a concert artist in 2009, when he was invited to take part in the American Songbook Series at New York’s Lincoln Center. He dubbed his show I Bought a


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