Michael Wilhoite

The Tony host opens up about relationships, family and condoms in this New York City Show

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June 08, 2015 11:30 AM

The 2015 Tony Awards are over, but the show goes on for host Alan Cumming. On Monday, the performer, 50, will be back on stage – albeit a relatively smaller one – to entertain once more with his wit, whimsy and powerful voice.

After reprising his Tony Award-winning role as The Master of Ceremonies in Broadway’s Cabaret in 2014 (alongside Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Sienna Miller) Cumming is now emceeing a real deal at New York City’s renowned Café Carlyle.

Since June 2, Cumming has been treating visitors to the cozy cabaret destination with his Carlyle debut, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. But The Good Wife actor doesn’t simply step onto the club’s stage each night – he transforms it. Among the soft murals and glided touches that adorn Café Carlyle hangs a blazing neon red sign that reads “Club Cumming.”

Cumming had the piece made once his Cabaret dressing room became the unofficial afterparty location for the Broadway show, and now it sets the tone for the actor’s one man emotional marathon.

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Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs starts like many cabarets do, with an elegantly dressed performer flanked by a piano singing sad songs and sharing sweet anecdotes about life and love. The actor, in a well-tailored suit, sings “Why” by fellow Scot Annie Lennox as his opening selection, but it doesn’t stay tame for long.

After just a few numbers, Cumming’s jacket comes off, and his wonderfully warped mind breaks through. The more traditional sappy ballads are replaced with Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” and Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.” Stories of romance and fading memories are pushed aside for tales of groin tattoos and condom commercials.

Along with physically stripping down, Cumming doesn’t shy away from revealing his emotional layers as well. During the show, he takes on absent fathers, battling PTSD, bad reviews and damaging relationships, all while keeping a smirk on his face. It’s a performance overtly debaucherous, sharp as a whip and somehow still undeniably sweet – just like Cumming.

Cumming will be performing Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs until June 13. Visit Café Carlyle’s site for more information about the show, schedule and tickets.

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