The Kennedy Center


Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:00 PM

Alan Cumming is many things to many people—renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur—but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. Legal Immigrant is a cabaret of songs and stories about his life and loves in his adopted homeland. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC joins him for the performance.  

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The set list for Alan Cumming’s new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Alan himself!

Legal Immigrant, a collection of musings on his ten years as a US citizen, growing older and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America (regardless of your prefix) begins with a show-stopping opening of Kander & Ebb’s “The Singer,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Old Friends” and “Not A Day Goes By" from Merrily We Roll Along then “Losing My Mind” from Follies—all combined into one American musical theater giants’ mash up! 

The show continues in a style Alan calls “a true old-fashioned cabaret, a smorgasbord of genres, styles and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation!” He will cover songs made famous by female musical legends as diverse as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele, and Marlene Dietrich. Ever wanted to hear Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song? You will! Cole Porter will make an appearance, as will Scottish treasures Robert Burns and The Proclaimers, and there might even be a Disney Princess medley sung without a drop of irony. The evening will end with Cumming inviting the audience to sing along with him to one of America’s best known and, in his opinion, most maligned anthems!

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC joins him for the performance.

Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a "bawdy, countercultural sprite" and by the Guardian as "European, weird, and sexually ambiguous." 

He has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014!