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Alan Cumming Returning to Broadway

By Jerry Portwood

For those who saw Alan Cumming in his whirlwind Macbeth during the Lincoln Center Festival in 2012, it was an unforgettable experience. But the theatrical feat, in which Cumming played all the characters himself as a madman, only lasted a few performances. Now the production will be restaged for Broadway audiences. It will begin previews April 7 and officially open April 21. The funny thing is, even the producer who is backing the unusual avant-garde theater experience missed it, but that isn't stopping him.

“It’s a chance to see one of the most versatile theater actors in a unique performance of one of the greatest plays ever written,” producer Ken Davenport said of Cumming. “I think there will be an audience for that.” 

While most audiences may be familiar with Cumming from his television role on the CBS series The Good Wife, Cumming first made his name on Broadway in the hugely successful Roundabout revival of Cabaret. He also renewed vows to his husband early last year.

The Cumming Macbeth will be directed by John Tiffany (a 2012 Out100 honoree), who is currently working on an unusual staging of Tennessee Williams's Glass Menagerie, starring Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. His last Broadway success is the still-running musical Once

Watch this short interview with Cumming when the Scottish play was being performed in Glasgow.

 

NTS Macbeth – ‘A Five MacMinute Theatre’ Short Film Interviews wt Alan Cumming from Eileen Frater on Vimeo.

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