Actor and Broadway star Alan Cumming will be performing his Sappy Songs in Lismore on December 29 and 30.
Actor and Broadway star Alan Cumming will be performing his Sappy Songs in Lismore on December 29 and 30. Steve Vaccariello

REVIEW: Alan Cumming ends Lismore’s year with a high note

WHEN I heard Alan Cumming was coming to Lismore to perform his cabaret show as part of Tropical Fruits, I thought someone was playing a practical joke on me.

The Scottish character actor, singer, author and activist is a bit of a big deal.

He won an Olivier Award (Comedy Performance of the Year) for his performance in Accidental Death of an Anarchist in London in 1991, and then the same accolade for La Bete in 1993.

He was inducted into the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame in 1998.

That same year Cumming won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Cabaret (for which he also won another six awards).

Recently, he has been on TV in The Good Wife. On film, he starred in the X-Men franchise, but not many remember him from the Bond flick GoldenEye (1995).

He has three films ready to be released in 2016, one of them about the life of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

But Cumming is here in Lismore, bringing us his cabaret and music skills, performing Sing Sappy Songs.

During the show, Cumming tells of his friendship with legendary film star Liza Minnelli and how she coached him to develop Sing Sappy Songs, finding his own voice and his own truth to share with his audiences.

Having Sing Sappy Songs in their 2015 season is a triumph for NORPA and Tropical Fruits.

This year, the Lismore City Hall has seen three shows that were memorable: Macy Gray, Bell Shakespeare's Hamlet and Alan Cumming.

There is a joie de vivre in this performer that is reserved for professional actors, singers and dancers that remain grounded and close to the communities they come from.

He talks of his love for Scotland and his activism as a gay man (plus a long list of other causes), but not much about the many charity and fundraising events he has championed and performed at over decades of activism.

It was a true privilege to see Sing Sappy Songs at the Lismore City Hall yesterday.

Tickets are still available for tonight's second and final show via the NORPA website but be quick because there are not many left.



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