Returning to the West End musical stage for the first time in over fifteen years – he was last seen in Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse revival of Cabaret – Alan Cumming will remind British audiences of the sheer versatility of his talent, ensuring this UK and European première of Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today
is the most hotly anticipated show of the autumn season.
Accompanied by his charismatic and multi-talented musical director, Lance Horne, Cumming unleashes his favourite tunes, belting out celebrated hits alongside little-known gems, whilst captivating his audience with poignant anecdotes from his colourful and fantastic past. A musical journey peppered with material by Frank Sinatra, Dory Previn, Kander & Ebb and Cyndi Lauper, to name only a few.
Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today is a true moment in theatrical history. A fleeting glimpse at a truly rare species of entertainer. A one-off opportunity to experience the thrilling diversity of his talent. Unlike any other solo show to go before it. A refreshing mix of the old and the brilliantly new, fused together in an idiosyncratic cannonball of multiple musical meanderings.
Alan Cumming has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium and the Sydney Opera House. He has had his own talk show, written a Sunday Times best-selling novel and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He has performed in all genres of theatre from Greek classics to modern drama, from mega musicals to low-budget fringe. He has won Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle awards for his exploits on the stage. His TV credits read like a who’s who of contemporary culture. It might even be possible that he’s been seen in quite a few films, but he wouldn’t want to boast. Alan was recently awarded an OBE. He will soon be seen in Julie Taymor’s screen adaptation of The Tempest alongside Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. He is also cast as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, which has music by Bono and The Edge from U2 and will be the biggest and most expensive show to ever play on Broadway when it opens at the Hilton Theatre in February 2010. His debut solo album, which is also rather cunningly entitled I Bought a Blue Car Today, will be released in September.
Lance Horne is an Emmy Award winning composer, musical director, pianist, arranger and singer. A truly multi-talented musical genius of epic proportions. He regularly works with artists including Justin Bond, Meow Meow and, of course, Alan Cumming. He also performs in his own right, and composes for film, TV and theatre as well as writing arrangements for Broadway shows. Occasionally he fronts his own band by the name of Lance Horne and the One Night Stands.
Produced by Neil Eckersley and Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today has musical direction by Lance Horne and sound design by James Tebb.
Hollywood Star Alan Cumming Returns to the West End!