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The setlist in­cludes every­thing from Annie Len­nox to Ru­fus Wain­wright to num­bers from his Tony Award-win­ning run in “Cabaret” as well as – in one mem­o­rable bit – his own in­deli­ble take on “The Ladies Who Lunch,” from Stephen Sond­heim’s “Com­pany,” made im­mor­tal by the late Elaine Stritch.

“All the songs have this emo­tional con­nec­tion,” he said. “I love them all. That is why I named it ‘Sappy Songs.’”

The cabaret un­der­went some sub­tle changes since its 2015 run. It’s a bit more stream­lined and finely honed, he said, but there are no rad­i­cal changes.

“No mat­ter what you are do­ing, in a con­cert, it’s a jour­ney,” Cum­ming said. “There are vari­a­tions de­pend­ing on the mu­si­cians I have, but I have worked out the jour­ney.”

‘I re­ally like to en­gage the au­di­ence’

Cum­ming, who cel­e­brated his 10th an­niver­sary with hus­band Grant ear­lier this year, does prom­ise a bit of hu­mor as well as some talk, usu­ally about what is go­ing on ‘Alan Cum­ming Sings Sappy Songs’ March 3, 2017 at 8 p.m. At­lanta Sym­phony Hall 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., At­lanta, GA 30309 www.aso.org in the world on that day. “I re­ally like to en­gage the au­di­ence,” he said. Cum­ming per­formed in At­lanta only once be­fore as part of for the Al­liance The­atre’s “A Tony Evening” back in 2011. He prom­ises much for an LGBT au­di­ence in “Sappy Songs,” in­clud­ing a num­ber about a tat­too of a boy’s name he got that he later re­moved. He mixes in some Adele, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and talks about Liza Min­nelli. He also dis­cusses his re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther, which he ex­plored in his mem­oir “Not My Fa­ther’s Son.”

“It’s a very queer show,” he said. “I am vo­cal and I am glad that I am I am lucky enough to have a plat­form.”

He will be seen later this year in two films, “The Bat­tle of the Sexes “– about the ten­nis match be­tween Bil­lie Jean King and Bobby Riggs – and the in­de­pen­dent fea­ture “Af­ter Louie.” Cum­ming re­turns to TV in the fall with “Dr. Death,” about a for­mer CIA op­er­a­tive. He en­joys be­ing able to flip back and forth be­tween higher pro­file films and TV shows and smaller events like this.

“I do go back and forth,” he said. “I think it’s im­por­tant to be eclec­tic, but I do have an in­tense con­nec­tion with a show like this.”

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