Throwback Thursday: Alan Cumming Exposes Himself on the Cover

4.17.2014

By Stacy Lambe

Broadway's bad boy takes it all off

After owning the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as The Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, Alan Cumming set his sights on the big screen. His cover on the November 1999 issue played on his transition from the sexualized theater performer to a mainstream entertainer - searching for new exposure. That year, he moved away from small roles in films like Spice World to Saturninus in the Julie Taymor-directed adaptation of Titus Andronicus. The role alongside parts in Eyes Wide Shut and Get Carter suddenly saw him working with some of the best directors and actors in Hollywood.

His "it moment" eventually led him to write, direct and produce The Anniversary Party alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh. The two brought together a cast of "who's who" in Hollywood earning both accolades. 

Fifteen years later, he's suddenly having an "it moment" again. In addition to his viciously funny role as Eli Gold on TGW, he's recurring on Showtime's Web Therapy, published a new book (May the Foreskin Be With You) and even found time to remarry his husband Grant Shaffer. 

Now he's back on Broadway as The Master of Ceremonies in a revival of Carabet co-starring Michelle Williams. The show marks his third time as the emcee proving that no matter how mainstream he gets, he'll always have that flamboyantly omnisexual streak that made him theater's favorite bad boy. 

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