Directly following critically acclaimed runs in Australia, Manhattan and the Vaudeville Theater on London's West End, Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today is billed as "a fast-paced jaunt that intersperses witty banter, cheeky stories and show-stopping songs."
The Tony winner for playing the Emcee in Broadway's Cabaret, he'll be joined on stage by five musicians led by musical director Lance Horne. He'll "belt material from Frank Sinatra to Kander & Ebb with his signature charm."
The Geffen Playhouse performances mark Cumming's most intimate setting yet: the 135-seat Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
The title, I Bought a Blue Car Today, comes from the sentence that Cumming needed to write on his naturalization test to become a U.S. citizen, "which becomes the launch pad for many of the Scotsman's hilarious stories about his time in the U.S."
The Geffen Playhouse run comes on the heels of the Sept. 22 national release of Cumming's eponymous solo debut album which features select songs from the show including material from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chess and Falsettos, as well as original material written by Cumming and Horne. Cumming will play The Green Goblin in the new Broadway spectacle, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.
Tickets, which range from $55-$75, are on sale to the public now through the Geffen box office. Selects seats will be held for Geffen Playhouse subscribers.
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 theatre gave him his biggest break when he appeared in Manfred Karge's 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. A star of stage and screen, U.S. film audiences were first introduced to Cumming in "Circle of Friends," and he went on to appear in many varied films including "X2:X Men United," the "Spy Kids" trilogy, "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 feature "The Anniversary Party," which won a National Board of Review award and two Independent Spirit nominations.
In 1998, the hit revival of Cabaret opened on Broadway and Cumming was heralded for his stunning performance as the Emcee. He won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, FANY, Theatre World and New York Public Advocate's awards for his work. He has continued to earn accolades on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, Design for Living and Off-Broadway in Elle (which he also adapted) and The Classic Stage Company's The Seagull opposite Dianne Wiest. He returned to the British stage in 2006 in Martin Sherman's Bent, and most recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Euripides' The Bacchae, which opened the Edinburgh International Festival and toured Scotland, transferred to London and then to the Lincoln Center Festival.
He will star as the Green Goblin in Julie Taymor's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway in spring 2010.
He was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list honored for services to film, theatre and the arts and to activism for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.