Renowned actor Alan Cumming performs little-c cabaret at the Dr. Phillips Center

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Alan Cumming is one of our generation’s most multicolored chameleons. Your romcom-loving aunt knows him as the oleaginous Sean Walsh in Circle of Friends; your GenX big sister love-hated him as faithless Hollywood husband Joe in 2001 indie flick The Anniversary Party; your theater-freak cousin may even have seen him reprise his gender-bent Emcee on Broadway in Cabaret. And of course, everyone in the goddamn world was transfixed by the shifty Eli Gold, antagonist supreme on The Good Wife. So no surprise, then, to see him waxing flamboyant and poignant by turn in his new live show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. It’s based on a two-week engagement at Café Carlyle in 2015, which first spawned a live album and now this touring piece. Based on a listen to the album, Cumming’s selection and presentation of “sappy” songs (ranging from Annie Lennox to Billy Joel to Miley Cyrus) is flawless, and his between-songs patter, far from being fluffy filler material, takes him (and the audience) through the entire rainbow of emotions. Clearly he honed his vast range playing all those disparate characters – so we’ll forgive him for his unspeakable treatment of Minnie Driver, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianna Margulies over the years.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 4 | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org | $35-$85


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