Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today

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Opened 1 September 2009, Closed 6 September 2009 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London

Alan Cumming's one man show I Bought a Blue Car Today in LOndon for a strictly one week run of just eight performances.

Alan Cumming unleashes his favourite tunes, belting out celebrated hits alongside little-known gems, whilst captivating his audience with poignant anecdotes from his colourful and fantastic past. A musical journey peppered with material by Frank Sinatra, Dory Previn, Kander & Ebb and Cyndi Lauper, to name only a few.

Returning to the West End musical stage for the first time in over fifteen years Alan Cumming promises to remind British audiences of the sheer versatility of his talent. Accompanied by his charismatic and multi-talented musical director, Lance Horne, this show promises to provide a fleeting glimpse at a truly rare species of entertainer - a one-off opportunity to experience the thrilling diversity of his talent. Unlike any other solo show to go before it. A refreshing mix of the old and the brilliantly new, fused together in an idiosyncratic cannonball of multiple musical meanderings. I Bought a Blue Car Today comes to London's West End following runs at The Lincoln Center in New York and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Alan Cumming was last seen in a musical in London in Sam Mendes' Donmar Warehouse revival of Cabaret which subsequently transferred to Broadway.

"With the evening consisting largely of Alan Cumming singing 16 of his favourite songs, it is impossible not to wonder whether the entire enterprise might not be better suited to a diva such as Shirley Bassey but the actor intersperses the tunes with cheery showbiz anecdotes and while the show cannot escape accusations of self-indulgence it all becomes an enjoyable experience, not least because the chameleon-like actor is terribly likeable." The Daily Express

"The actor Alan Cumming cooked up this solo showcum-concert to help him overcome his fear of singing in public. It's hard not to conclude that the fear was justified. Cumming works hard to charm us, but over two hours it becomes apparent that his singing voice runs the gamut from acceptable to reedy... The songs are sandwiched by perilously thin banter, with plenty of name-dropping but little dirt when Cumming talks about his time in Hollywood. He can be a potent stage presence, especially when he's unleashing his mischievous, come-hither smile, but I have two words for those thinking about seeing his selfindulgent show: think twice." The Sunday Times

"The odd title of the show comes from his application for American citizenship. 'I bought a blue car today' was the sample sentence he had to write out as part of his naturalisation test. At first he thought this was sweet and child-like; then it struck him as epitomising the gas-guzzling consumerism of the culture... Alan Cumming has undeniable and indefeasible charm. But what has happened to the scabrous Scot and the louche, sacrilegious elf? They seem unduly restrained in a piece that began life in New York and has perhaps miscalculated the degree of ingratiation needed on this side of the Atlantic." The Independent

I Bought a Blue Car Today Alan Cumming in London at the Vaudeville Theatre opened on 1 September 2009 and closed on 6 September 2009.