With over 48 movies, five Broadway shows, a Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award, and an Oliver Award all under his belt, it is no surprise Alan Cumming is one of the strongest triple threats in the business. Cumming has taken on the roles of Dionysus, the Devil, God, and the Pope, he has graced the cover of Vanity Fair, authored five books including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir, and has even developed his own fragrance. Alan Cumming's long list of accomplishments is enough to make your head spin, is there nothing this guy cant do? Don't miss the opportunity to spend an intimate evening with the truly remarkable Alan Cumming September 29th, at State Theatre New Jersey.
Alan Cumming is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist born in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland. Growing up on a country estate called Panmure, on the east coast of Scotland, Cumming described his early childhood as “feudal." In his award-winning autobiography Not My Father's Son, he speaks on the emotional and physical violence his abusive father inflicted on him in early life. Though difficult, he describes these challenges as a means in helping him to develop his acting skills through needing to suppress his own emotions and feelings around his father. With a need to move past the challenges faced as a child, Cumming left high school but because he was too young to enter any university or drama school, he worked for just over a year as a sub-editor at small local newspaper. Following his time at the paper, Cumming began a three-year course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in dramatic studies and awards for verse speaking and direction.
Cumming made his professional theater debuts in Macbeth at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. Cumming describes his big break in theatre as his performance in Manfred Karge's Conquest of the South Pole at the Traverse 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. He went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal National Theatre where he won an Olivier award for his performance in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. It was there that he debuted the role of Emcee in Cabaret earning him an Oliver Award nomination.
His film career took off when he stared in Ian Sellar's Prague, the film premiered at the 1992 Cannes film festival and went on to win him a Best Actor award at the Atlantic Film Festival and a Scottish BAFTA Best Actor nomination. Since then he has alternated between blockbusters such as X2: X-Men, United, GoldenEye, and the Spy Kids Trilogy.
It was in 1998 that Cumming reprises his role as Emcee in Cabaret on Broadway. The show and his portrayal as Master of Ceremonies was a huge success, and he received a Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics' Circle Award, Theatre World Award, FANY award, and New York Public Advocate's award for his performance.
As an author Cumming made his writing debut with his novel, Tommy's Tale, and in 2014 released his memoir Not My Fathers Son, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller and earned him the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Award, two Audible awards, an Audie award, and a Lambda Literary Award nomination. In 2017, Cumming released a children's picture book which was illustrated by his husband Grant Shaffer. The book focuses on their two dogs and is titled The Adventures of Honey and Leon.
Cumming has pushed the boundaries on how much a person can accomplish in 53 years. He is a true jack of all trades and his next chosen work is to share his incredible journey through his cabaret style collection of musings. Don't miss this incredible evening with Alan Cumming September 29 at State Theatre New Jersey.