So, You Think You’re Sappy? Alan Cumming’s Sappy Songs

Christina Knight | December 5, 2016


The man you may know professionally as the lecherous and menacing MC in Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, or the manipulative, scene-stealing Eli Gold on The Good Wife, or the mad genius Fegan Floop in Spy Kids, or all the desperately power-hungry characters in his one-man Macbeth, set in a psychiatric ward, wants you to know the softer, sappier side of Alan Cumming.

In the words of the performer himself, “Get your hanky ready” for Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Your living room can be your front row seat for the Scottish actor’s personal and intimate cabaret performance on PBS, which until now, audiences have only seen live on Cummings’ tour, from the Cafe Carlyle in New York to the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. The sappy songs that mark poignant moments in his life were originally written or made famous by artists like Annie Lennox (“Why”), Rufus Wainwright (“Dinner at Eight”), Keane (“Somewhere Only We Know”), Billy Joel (“Goodnight Saigon”), Miley Cyrus (“The Climb”) and more. He also offers a lighter medley of hits by Adele, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry titled “Someone like the Edge of Firework.”

Cummings’ sap isn’t necessarily the sweet kind, which seems in character for the host of PBS Masterpiece Mystery. The New York Times called the show “an emotional firestorm.”

Sound Off with Your Sappiest Songs

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Are you brave enough to reveal your personal play list of sappy tunes? Adolescent Angst ballads that can transport you at the turn of a dial? The break-up song? A falling-in-love soundtrack? The song you shared with a treasured person in your life, or that helped you survive the worst miserable time ever? Share them in the comments, below (create a Disqus account) – no judgments. You can cross check them with the Rolling Stone Magazine list of “romantic cheddar songs” that give love a bad name.

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs airs Friday, December 9, 2016 on THIRTEEN.