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January 21 2017 | Upcoming Events

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Jan 21, 2017 at 8:00PM

Producer Daniel Nardicio will present the eclectic and electric Tony Award-winning performer ALAN CUMMINNG in Sappy Songs on Saturday, January 21st 2017 at 8:00 PM. Backed by Cumming’s longtime musical director Lance Horne on piano, Eleanor Norton on cello and Chris Jago on drums, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs premiered in Spring 2016 for a limited run at the iconic New York supper club Café Carlyle, garnering such critical praise that Nardicio approached Cumming about bringing the show to Carnegie Hall and then New Orleans for a one-night-only performance. 

This evening also celebrates the release of Cumming’s newest CD of Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, from Yellow Sound Label, recorded live at the Café Carlyle. It includes his singular interpretations of pop hits (Billy Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon,” Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb,” Rufus Wainwright’s “Dinner at Eight”), musical theater songs (“The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, “You, You, You” from Kander & Ebb’s The Visit, “If Love Were All” by Noël Coward) and numbers that Cumming has collected from around the world (“Mother Glasgow” from Scotland, “La Complainte de la Butte” from France, “How Do Humans Live” from Germany). 

When this program was introduced last year, Sappy Songs was hailed as “an emotional firestorm, delivered passionately with tremendous theatrical authority” by The New York Times. Alan was lauded for his “wit, whimsy and powerful voice” by People.com, called “wonderfully dreamy” by the New York Post with songs that “ripple with emotion,” according to the New York Daily News. Time Out New York praised Cumming for “putting a completely fresh interpretive spin on familiar songs.” 

The new album – produced by Michael Croiter, with Daniel Nardicio serving as associate producer – is currently available at www.AlanCummingSingsSappySongs.com or at The Joy Theater the evening of the show

In addition to the New Orleans, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs was performed in Tampa, FL (January 24), Toronto, CA (February 6), Bethesda, MD (February 14), Napes, FL (February 28), Detroit, MI (March 19), Minneapolis, MN (March 26) and Port Washington, NY (May 14).  PBS recorded the show in Las Vegas for a special which airs this Spring.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs In New Orleans will take place at The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal Street in New Orleans. Tickets range from $45 to $150. Also available are additional seats which include attendance to Alan’s personal after-party “Club Cumming,” which was his nightly post-show performance dressing room celebration during the recent Broadway production of Cabaret.

ALAN CUMMING is an actor and activist beyond eclectic and according to The New York Times “a bawdy countercultural sprite”; Time Magazine named him one of the most fun people in show business; He plays political maverick Eli Gold on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG and Satellite Award nominations and earlier this year finished his Tony Award-winning role of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. Alan’s diverse career has found him performing at venues around the globe including the Sydney Opera House; making back to back films with Stanley Kubrick and The Spice Girls; directing and starring in a musical condom commercial; creating voices of a Smurf, a goat and Hitler; entering upside down and suspended by his ankles in a Greek tragedy (in the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae); and recording an award-winning album of songs (plus a dance remix). Alan is also Host of PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery” and appears opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime’s “Web Therapy.” Alan has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Out, has a bi-monthly column for Globe and Mail, and two books; Tommy’s Tale and his New York Times bestselling memoir, Not My Father’s Son. A tireless champion for LGBT civil rights and HIV/AIDS, Alan serves on the Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project and the Ali Forney Center to name but a few. In 2009, Alan was made an OBE in the Queen’s Honors List and by his homeland, Scotland, for which he was a vocal supporter of the YES for independence campaign, he has been awarded the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, as well as recently having his portrait unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as seen on the finale of Portrait Artist of the Year. 

DANIEL NARDICIO "Like a DILFy Colossus of Rhodes, Daniel Nardicio straddles parallel perches of gay culture", wrote Queerty Blog of Daniel's career. He is the producer of seminal events and concerts including his pairing of Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming on Fire Island and New York's Town Hall, followed by Carol Channing and Justin Vivian Bond. Last year he produced the all-star Edith Piaf Centennial concert on the legend’s actual 100th Birthday at Town Hall, featuring Elaine Paige OBE. In February he presented “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” at Carnegie Hall — based on the live album he co-produced — with special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss and Ricki Lake. Nardicio segued into concerts in 2012 after 15 years in nightlife, and has worked with icons of arts and letters including John Waters, Lady Gaga, Margaret Cho, Lynda Carter, Peaches, Bridget Everett, Vivian Reed, and Christine Ebersole.  Of Nardicio the New York Times quipped: "an impressively sculptured torso and an affable air of old-time show business razzmatazz. " His biggest achievement is his dog Butterball, who can often be found backstage at shows.

In 2012 Nardicio opened Dworld Nola, his New Orleans based productions, bringing Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Hagen, John Waters, Lady Bunny and Dina Martina to New Orleans. March 18th his brings John Waters back for Waters show: "This Filthy World". Tix at www.dworldnola.com


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