Tonys Host Alan Cumming Confesses He Doesn't Know Much About Musicals

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As an actor best known for his multiple outings as the master of ceremonies in various revivals of Cabaret, you'd think that Alan Cumming could hit up a piano bar with the best of them. But that isn't actually the case.

The host of this Sunday's Tony Awards told Seth Meyers that during a visit to New York's famed Broadway hangout Marie's Crisis, he was asked to sing one of his songs from the show. "I’d had a few drinks, and in the middle of the song I forgot the words!" he told the Late Night host on Wednesday.

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In fact, it turns out that Cumming has always had his back turned slightly away from the Great White Way. "I just don’t know that many musicals," he said—which might make things a little awkward during Sunday's lifetime achievement award presentation to Tommy Tune.

“It’s sort of like being in a weird kind of virtual reality dream for me, because we’re dancing and singing in a sort of mash up of three very famous shows that Tommy Tune has done," he said. "None of which I know and none of which I really understand so I’m just like, doing it like a robot, like a dog learning tricks!"

Despite his insecurities, we expect that he'll pull it off flawlessly.

Click the video above to hear him dish about his Tony Awards co-host Kristin Chenoweth's real feelings about the song "Popular" from Wicked. (It turns out she hates it!)

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