Actor, Author, and Activist: Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age in Gainesville

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Photo: Francis Hills, 2022

WUFT-FM Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, recently spoke with the acclaimed, multi-talented, actor, author, and activist, Alan Cumming, who Time Magazine called one of the three most fun people in show business.

Known for his diverse roles on stage, film and television, Cumming has had award-winning performances in “Macbeth” and “Cabaret” (for which he won a Tony) and popular television roles including the mayor in Schmigadoon, host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery! and playing Eli Gold for seven seasons on the CBS series, The Good Wife. His film work ranges from art house to blockbuster, from cult to mainstream, but his performances are always memorable such as Nightcrawler in X2:X Men United, Mr. Elton in Emma, and Boris Grishenko in Goldeneye.

Alan Cumming is a writer, director, producer, singer, photographer, entrepreneur, activist, and author of six books including a New York Times #1 bestselling memoir. He co-owns his own New York City cabaret bar (Club Cumming), has an eponymous, award-winning fragrance, and is also a passionate activist for various civil rights, sex education and social justice causes that have earned him over forty humanitarian awards.

In August, 2019 he debuted Och and Oy!, a cabaret show with NPR’s All Things Considered host, Ari Shapiro. Cumming’s latest solo cabaret show, Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age, will be at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville on Sunday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

More information is available at: performingarts.ufl.edu/events … and AlanCumming.com.

Photo: alancumming.com

About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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