Alan Cumming: Actor, Director and Producer

This exhibition, from the archive of new collectee, Alan Cumming, now begins with photographs from his childhood in Scotland, first as a Boy Scout, then as a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Shown is his letter of acceptance into the Academy, along with two Matriculation cards. There are also photographs of Alan performing in student productions, including a rather spirited production as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland that toured to elementary schools. Also from Alan's early stage career are production photographs of Streetcar Named Desire with The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh (1986) and Slag Boys with the Dundee Rep (1987). There is a production photograph from Cumming's first Hollywood movie, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) with Cumming as Sandy Frink, high school nerd, now wealthy businessman.

The exhibition continues with a photograph of Alan Cumming as the Emcee in the 1998 Broadway revival of the classic musical, Cabaret. There is a souvenir program book from that production as well as notes of congratulations to Cumming from actor Joel Grey, the production's director, Sam Mendes, producer Todd Haimes, and celebrity audience-members, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Completing this section on Cabaret are a photograph of Alan Cumming with co-star Natasha Richardson, receiving their respective Tony Awards for their performances as Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Musical, shown with the Cumming's award, as well as Alan Cumming's Theatre World Award for his outstanding Broadway debut in Cabaret in 1998.

The exhibition also features a Playbill and a photograph of Alan Cumming as Otto in the 2001 production of Noel Coward's Design for Living. There is also a photograph of Alan Cumming with actress Judi Dench at a reception in her honor given in New York by the BBC and the British Consulate in May, 1999.

Moving into the realm of film and television, the exhibition includes an oversize photograph of Alan Cumming in full Nightcrawler gear during the filming of X2: X-Men United (2003). Also shown are annotated script pages and a photograph of Alan Cumming, behind the camera, as co-director of The Anniversary Party (2001). In addition to directing and acting in the film, he also co-wrote the film with co-star and co-director, Jennifer Jason Leigh. The exhibition continues with a photograph of Cumming as he appeared in the popular television series, The Good Wife (May 2011), as the outspokenly blunt campaign manager, Eili Gold. The exhibition concludes with a photograph of Alan Cumming in concert with Liza Minelli at Town Hall, New York City, in March 2013 and a copy of the April 2014 Vanity Fair Magazine, with a lengthy article on Cumming featuring a dramatic portrait of the actor by renowned portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz.

Located in the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery on the first of Mugar Memorial Library. The Exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.

Alan Cumming