I performed with Liza Minnelli at the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove on Fire Island. Daniel Nardicio had asked me to do a show as part of his Legends season of concerts at the Ice Palace, and then later he called me up and asked if I would mind a) having a guest star perform with me and b) if it was Liza!
I love Liza. We met in 1998 when she came to see me in Cabaret on Broadway. Afterwards, in my dressing room, the first words she ever spoke to me were 'Alan, I want to be your friend forever.'
We worked together shortly thereafter when we perofmed in a Kander and Ebb tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors. A few years later we recorded a duet, Baby It's Cold Outside for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the 9/11 Fund. We have remained friends and now have a new bond through having done this amazing night together. It was the hottest, sweatiest evening of the summer but we both had a blast and something really special happened. I think people saw how much we love each other and what fun we were having, and it was infectious.
Season Four of the show is better than ever. Eli is back on the campaign trail with Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) running for Governor of Illinois, still as manipulative and unwavering as ever, but this year facing some pretty stiff opposition in the shape of an FBI investigation into his personal activities concerning campaign financing as well as some pretty devious opponents.
The line-up of guest stars on Season four has been amazing: Kristing Chenowith, Christina Ricci, Nathan Lane, Brian Denehy, Stockard Channing, Maura Tireney, Matthew Perry, TR Knight, Audra Macdonald, Miriam Shor, Amanda Peet, Hamish Linklater as well as returning favourites like Carrie Preston made it truly exciting to get each epsiode's script.
I played all the parts in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Macbeth.
The show also starred Myra McFadyen and Ali Craig and was directed by John Tiffany and Andy Goldberg. We opened at the Tramway in Glasgow and then played the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City.
See these videos to hear me talking about this incredible challenge and utterly overwhelming experience.
I hosted a series of travel documentaries for Sky Atlantic, where I walked around various cities in the UK and Ireland, finding out their urban secrets.
Each show took the form of a walk, during which I would come across a motley collection of celebrities, locals and experts who showed me hidden gems in London (2 shows), Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, Dublin and Glasgow
My first ever photography exhibit was launched at thew Andaz hotel in West Hollywood on April 5th 2012.
The show was seen at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City for a month, and later in the year it went up at the 200 Gallery in Provincetown, the OUT Hotel in NYC and then the Paul Smith store in Los Angeles.
Find out more at alancummingphotography.com
I did quite a few cabaret concerts in March. I went to Kansas City to peform at the gala for the opening of Like Me Lighthouse, a new LGBT center. Then I did a concert at the Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center, another at XL Lounge which was a benefit for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and several appearances at galas including the Public Theatre's at Joe's Pub and the Lunchbox Fund.
At all of these I was accopmpanied in all senses of the word by Lance Horne
Once more I returned into the breach as host of Masterpiece Mystery, coming out of the shadows to set the scene for the PBS mystery fare.
In my seemingly endless quest to be a voice in every children's animated TV show, I recorded an episode of Arthur in Boston, when I was there doing my Masterpiece Mystery duties. I played a poodle. I know, I need to break out of the typecasting box.
Austen Clarke, the billionaire entrepeneur who captured Fiona's imagination and her heart, returns!
I went to LA to shoot some more scenes for this hilarious web and TV show with the brilliant Lisa Kudrow. Much hilarity ensued I can tell you
I played the Rabbit in a special Alice in Wonderland themed episode of Dora the Explorer, alongisde Mel Brooks and Jewel. We did it!!