Alan Cumming had a cult following for years, through lending his unmistakable presence to such films as "Josie and the Pussycats" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."
Then few very high-profile roles -- Eli Gold on TV's "The Good Wife," his award-wining performance as the emcee in the recent revival of "Cabaret," and co-host of last year's Tony Awards -- propelled him into mainstream stardom.
He's coming to Tampa this Sunday, taking the stage at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts with a solo concert he calls "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs." Reviews from previous performances of the show have been exuberant. Cumming performs songs made famous by a diverse range of artists -- Annie Lennox, Elaine Stritch and Rufus Wainwright among them -- and engages the audience with witty and borderline bawdy stage banter.
He's accompanied by pianist Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton.
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It's a good idea to act quickly if you want to see the show. Ferguson Hall is the second-largest theater at the Straz Center, and it's still nearly sold out.
Details: 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $35.50-$45.50, plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827, strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear