Cover art for <i>The Head That Wears a Crown</i>, courtesy of GPR Records
Cover art for The Head That Wears a Crown, courtesy of GPR Records
Combine your favorite audio book with your favorite NOW CD, add a dash of Alan Cumming, and you've got the most sophisticated thing ever to happen to long car trips. Tony and Emmy Award winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret), the Shakespearean man-of-the-hour who is currently preparing to open his one-man rendition of Macbeth at the Ethel Barrymore Theater this month, is also preparing to release a 22-track CD of Shakespeare's most famous speeches entitled The Head That Wears a Crown. Produced by GPR Records, the CD contains selections from As You Like It, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Henry VIII, King Lear, Macbeth, Richard II, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, and Twelfth Night, chosen by Cumming personally. The digital release is set for April 3, with a full release scheduled for April 26.

Cumming trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) before going on to have a successful career on stage as well as in television and film.

Take a look at the complete track list for The Head That Wears a Crown:
1. O for a Muse of fire
2. Now is the winter of our discontent
3. You common cry of curs!
4. I have been studying how I may compare
5. Look here, upon this picture (Hamlet)
6. Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!
7. If it were done when ‘tis done (Macbeth)
8. Go call the Earls of Surrey and of Warwick;
9. Once more unto the breach, dear friends
10. To be, or not to be: that is the question;
11. What must the king do now?
12. Methinks I am a prophet new inspired
13. Why, lords, what wrongs are these!
14. O that this too too sullied flesh would melt,
15. Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
16. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
17. What's he that wishes so?
18. Hear, Nature, hear!
19. How all occasions do inform against me,
20. Let me speak, sir,
21. If music be the food of love,
22. Now my charms are all o'erthrown,