By Marc Snetiker
February 02, 2016 at 04:20 AM EST
Steve Vaccariello

Alan Cumming, he of The Good Wife and Cabaret and everything in between, is returning to his theater roots — something he does frequently, fortunately — with a new album of self-professed sappy tunes.

Recorded at the Cafe Carlyle and self-reflectively titled Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, the album offers a few dozen tracks of Cumming singing pop, theater, and international hits that share a certain emotionality and guilty pleasure. Among the covers? Billy Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon,” Rufus Wainwright’s “Dinner at Eight,” Company’s “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and Noel Coward’s “If Love Were All.”

EW has an exclusive listen to perhaps one of the sappiest of all: Miley Cyrus’s ascension-based ballad, “The Climb.” A natural combination, right?! Listen below:

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The album, based on a program Cumming performed back in 2015, will be released on Feb. 8; that same day, Cumming will celebrate by making his solo debut at Carnegie Hall, joined by special guests Darren Criss, Ricki Lake, and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

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