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Publisher's Summary

Legal Immigrant is Alan Cumming's collection of musings on his experiences as a US citizen, growing older, and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today's America, featuring songs and stories that are as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Alan himself. The audio, recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theatre, is a smorgasbord of genres, styles, and tales. Replete with laughter, tears and, of course, provocation, featuring covers of songs made famous by a diverse array of musical legends.

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©2019 Alan Cumming (P)2019 AO Media LLC

Our favorite moments from Legal Immigrant

"I’m Alan Cumming. I’m a legal immigrant."
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Alan explains becoming a citizen because he wanted to vote.
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  • "I’m Alan Cumming. I’m a legal immigrant."
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  • Alan explains becoming a citizen because he wanted to vote.
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  • Alan talks TV and gun stances.

"It is everything I thought it would be: smart, hilarious,
thought-provoking, insightful and hopeful."

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About the Creator and Performer

Alan Cumming has performed with Jay-Z and Liza with a Z; he has won a Tony, hosted the Tonys, and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so. He has a soap called Cumming in a Bar, and a bar called Club Cumming. He made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, General Batista of Cuba, a goat opposite Sean Connery, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice) the EmCee in Cabaret (thrice), a James Bond baddie—oh, and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of The Good Wife for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award nominations. He is the author of five books including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir. He plays the first ever gay leading role on an US network drama, CBS’s Instinct. He appeared on Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, topless in Playgirl, and naked on the cover of his second album.

He has received over 40 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, three honorary doctorates, both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland, and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGTQIA+ equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

He has sung in concert halls across the globe including the Sydney Opera House, the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl, and Carnegie Hall, and Billboard said of his last concert tour Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, "he's an icon to behold—he is unapologetically himself, and with a talent like that, he has no need to apologize."

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Get it. Get it.

Thank you Audible, for recording the cabaret 'Legal Immigrant' by the genius Alan Cumming. As I don't live in the USA, this is the only way I can enjoy this wonderful cabaret.
It is everything I thought it would be: smart, hilarious, thought-provoking, insightful and hopeful.

It's very interesting to hear about the situation with immigrants in America, and the bonus at the end of the show gives a better point of view of the situation for people who are not Americans, like me. It made me realize how the "American Dream" I was told about as a little girl is very different today.

I could listen to Alan Cumming talk for hours, I love his insights about life, culture and human behavior in general. And here I have 2 hours of Alan Cumming talking and singing! Ah, my heart is joyful.
A highlight for me was the song 'Caledonia', which completely melted my heart, it made me think "oh, it can't get any better than this".
But then Alan Cumming and his perfect musical band play 'Hymn to Love'.
And now my heart is full.

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I haven’t laughed so hard in FOREVER!

I adore Alan Cumming and this does not disappoint. It IS a stage performance with singing, stories and comedy, so there are a few sight gags that the listener may only get in their imagination, but Alan paints such vivid pictures that I didn’t miss them.
Thank you!!

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One of the best listens I have bought

This is a stage show rather than a traditional story. So songs interweave the stories being told. It is a showcase of an amazing talent. Funny, sweet and touching with incredible vocalisations. Just buy it. You will not be disappointed. Alan Cummings has met so many people, done so many things and been to so many places and talks of them all with humor and affection.

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There is a lot of singing in this “book”.

I knew this was set in a Cabaret, and that it was the recording of his performance one night, but I didn’t think half the book would be taken up by songs and relentless mentions of his band mates.

I had the impression it would be more memoir, less nightclub.

It got to the point where I stated skipping the songs. So, if you want to hear lots of singing, get it, if you are hoping for a brief memoir, skip it.

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Absolutely Wonderful!

When I saw this on Audible I downloaded without really knowing what it was. It's Alan Cumming; of course it will be awesome. Not only does he talk about his experiences as immigrant to America, he SINGS. This his cabaret show. Funny, sometimes serious, just absolutely wonderful.

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Alan is VERY entertaining.

absolutely loved it. He's a fantastic singer. who knew? well worth your time. I was singing along .

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Not a book... liberal comedy... performance

This is NOT a book. It isn’t well marked. Alan is very funny and I downloaded just from like of his acting and reputation. 3 stars is a compromise between funny “stand-up” and what I can extrapolate as “story”. Audible forced me to rate the Performance category. I would’ve left it blank since it isn’t my cup of tea. I skipped the singing chapters... every other one. The 3 will hopefully not bias stats either way. Not everyone who sees major flaws in our immigration situation also agrees even closely with lefty political solutions or values, so I like to be open. From the title, and my guess at Alan’s stature, I hoped for some insightful immigration thesis, but it was really just pretty common pro-diversity and equality rhetoric. Nothing new or particularly “thinky”. If you wanna hear live broadway-style performance mixed with cheerful and funny adult anecdotes, or just “feel” like you overheard some political opinions... this was at least mildly entertaining from the other side of the aisle.

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Too broadway

After enjoying Cumming's narration and then falling in love with his memoir, I couldn't wait to hear more from him. I was not expecting all of the singing. Of what remained after all the songs, I didn't enjoy about 1/3 of it. The rest was excellent -- but that didn't leave much.

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Very fun

This is a very fun reminder of why immigrants are so important to American society and culture.

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Legal Immigrant

I have listened to this so many times and I never tire of it. Alan Cumming is such a joy to listen to and he is a genius in telling a story through music. He is splendidly supported by Lance Horne and Eleanor Norton, both outstanding musicians in their own right. Don’t pass this one up!

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  • 02-22-20

Loud and Proud and with something to say

Alround theatre wonder performing live, it's a great show with Alan rattling the rafters and the message is loud and clear...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-22

The power of cabaret

Oh, how I needed a little bit of Alan Cumming right now. His charming presence, amusing anecdotes and captivating voice. When words alone aren't enough, we still have songs.

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  • 02-24-22

Wonderful

Just love this man's human voice 😘😘 An evening of warmth, kindness & humour

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  • Barbara Perry
  • 02-20-22

It’s great

What a delight this was. Alan Cumming is a joy to listen to. Also the attitude to immigrants is an eye opener. The music and stories were wonderful. He really cheered me up.

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  • James Barton
  • 12-29-21

An Alan Cumming live experience

Really enjoyable riot of story telling, singing, political exposition and insight. Alan is a juggernaut of all round performance and at his best unconstrained by a script. Always shares of himself but generous and genuinely interested in others. Bravo

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  • Guava22
  • 10-07-21

Fabulous!

Funny, heartwarming, entertaining and enlightening. I would recommend this to anyone who likes people and needs to feel uplifted for a few hours. I found myself laughing out loud at so much of this. Also loved the fact that a the end mistakes haven’t been edited out!

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  • LBS
  • 09-05-21

SPECTACULAR AND EDUCATIONAL

i love Alan Cumming and now i love him more. This is a whole love letter to immigrants everywhere

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  • 12-02-19

Anecdotes & Songs, not a story, but that's OK!

a bunch of anecdotes & songs delivered on a stage to a live studio audience. so not a book but the anecdotes are as good as most star-studded biographies. not a musical fan, more a fan of Alan's from his movie/tv work, but he has a stellar voice, some great accompaniment so I was able to enjoy the majority of the songs regardless. Like anything Alan does - full of heart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Excellent "show tuney", very warm and easy to listen to. Alan made his point about immigrants poignantly and was spot on.