Cumming to make local debut

COSTA MESA - Tickets are now on sale for the West Coast premiere of "Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today," playing at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Sept. 26.Accompanied by his musical director, Lance Horne, Cumming will unleash his favorite tunes, belt out celebrates hits alongside little-known gems, and entertain with anecdotes from his colorful past. The show is peppered with material by Frank Sinatra, Dory Previn, Kander & Ebb and Cyndi Lauper. Cumming trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and quickly found fame in his homeland for both his television work and stand-up comedy. The theater gave him his biggest break when he appeared in Manfred Karge's "A Conquest of the South Pole" in Edinburgh. The play transferred to the Royal Court in London's West End and Cumming was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Olivier Award. U.S. film audiences were first introduced to Cumming in "Circle of Friends" and he went on to appear in many films, including "X2: X Men United," "Spy Kids," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Goldeneye," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Titus," "Emma" and "Sweet Land," for which he received an Independent Spirit Award for producing. With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the acclaimed "The Anniversary Party," which won a National Board Review award. In 1998, "Cabaret" opened on Broadway and Cumming was heralded for his performance. He has continued to earn accolades on Broadway in "The Threepenny Opera," "Design for Living," and Off-Broadway in "Elle and "The Seagull." On television he has appeared in "Sex and the City," "Frasier," "Third Rock from the Sun," "The L Word," "Reefer Madness" and, most recently, in Sci-Fi Channel's "Tin Man." He is also the host of PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery." Tickets to see Alan Cumming are $58 and are available by calling (714) 556-2787 or online at www.ocpac.org.

********** Published: August 14, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 17