Albin then re-joins Les Cagelles onstage, tells them to leave, and begins to sing alone in defiance of Jean-Michel, stating that he is proud of who he is and refuses to change for anyone " I Am What I Am ". He throws his wig at Georges and departs in a huff. He then suggests to Albin that he dress up for dinner as macho "Uncle Al". Albin is still upset, but reluctantly agrees to act like a heterosexual for Jean-Michel.
With the help of Monsieur and Madame Renaud, Georges successfully teaches Albin to abandon his flamboyancy "Masculinity". Jean-Michel doesn't like the idea and expresses his dislike for Albin's lifestyle.
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Hoping to save the day, Albin appears as Jean-Michel's buxom, forty-year-old mother, in pearls and sensible shoes. The nervous Jacob burns the dinner, so a trip to a local restaurant, "Chez Jacqueline", belonging to an old friend of Albin and Georges, is quickly arranged. No one has told Jacqueline of the situation, and she asks Albin as Zaza for a song, to which he hesitantly agrees "The Best of Times".
Everyone in the restaurant begins to take part in the song, causing Albin to yield to the frenzy of performance and tear off his wig at the song's climax, revealing his true identity. Jean-Michel, deeply ashamed of the way he has treated Albin, asks his forgiveness "Look Over There [Reprise]" , which is lovingly granted. The Dindons prepare to depart, but their way is blocked by Jacqueline, who has arrived with the press, ready to photograph the notorious anti-homosexual activists with Zaza. Georges then introduces the Dindons, dressed in drag as members of the nightclub's revue, and they escape the paparazzi with Jean-Michel and Anne behind them.
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Aldredge , and lighting design by Jules Fisher. The show beat several strong competitors in many categories, including Stephen Sondheim 's Sunday in the Park with George. It also won three Drama Desk Awards.
The production ran for four years and 1, performances, closing on November 15, The show had its West End premiere at the London Palladium on May 7, with the same creative team as the Broadway production. Hearn transferred with the production, which was made possible through an agreement with the American and British actors' unions, allowing him to come over in exchange for Robert Lindsay appearing in Me and My Girl on Broadway.
The show closed in London after performances. Its short run and financial failure were partly blamed on the AIDS crisis, and producers were uncomfortable about portraying gay lives onstage quite so openly in mainstream musicals for some time afterwards. The first Broadway revival opened at the Marquis Theatre , beginning previews on November 11, , with an official opening on December 9, Reviews for the production were mixed, with The New York Times stating that it "often gives the impression of merely going through the motions, amiably but robotically, of its gag-laden, sentimental plot", yet praised Les Cagelles, who "bring acrobatic oomph and angularity to centerpieces that include an aviary of exotic, back-flipping birds and a vigorous Montmartre-style can-can.
As long as the Cagelles are doing their thing, your attention stays thoroughly engaged". The production closed on June 26, The production had originally been scheduled to open in December , but it was delayed twice due to illness within the cast.
The show opened to mostly positive press with particular praise for Hodge's performance as Albin. It was initially advertised as a "Strictly Limited 12 Week Season",  although this became open-ended due to its success. Renaud, Paula Wilcox as Mme. Dindon and Tracie Bennett as Jacqueline.
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The production gathered rave reviews, with high praise again for Hodge and Les Cagelles. The roles of Albin and Georges have been re-cast in London every three months with well-known actors to keep the production fresh and public interest high. A transfer of the London revival to Broadway began previews at the Longacre Theatre on April 6, , and officially opened on April 18, Johnson and Page directed and choreographed.
Renaud, Veanne Cox as Mme.
A cast recording of the revival was made by PS Classics and was released on September 28, The production closed on May 1, , after performances and 15 previews. A national tour modeled after the Broadway revival began in September starting in Des Moines , Iowa. At first, Mr. Fierstein was asked to play the role of Georges and Mr. Sieber was asked to play the role of Albin, each taking the role the other had played on Broadway.
Due to a full schedule, being set to write the book of the Disney musical Newsies and the musical Kinky Boots , Mr. Fierstein had to decline this offer. Sieber, who was very critically praised for his portrayal of Albin, had previously played the role of 'Georges' on Broadway opposite Fierstein. This was Sieber's national tour debut. Note: Original Broadway production . There are currently three cast recordings available for the show: the Original Broadway cast, the Original Australian cast and the Broadway revival cast.
No recording was made for the revival. It also became a rallying cry of the Gay Pride movement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. La Cage aux Folles Original Broadway windowcard. Renaud, Mme. Archived from the original on Retrieved The New York Times.
Archived from the original on September 13, January 11, Archived from the original on October 17, Their plumage is wilting, their wigs are askew, and their bustiers keep slipping south to reveal unmistakably masculine chests. This deliberately disheveled show, incubated at the tiny hit-spawning Menier Chocolate Factory in London, is a far cry from the high-gloss original production of or the glamorous, soulless revival that opened less than six years ago.
The Riviera nightclub of the title — run by Georges Mr. Grammer and the setting for a popular racy transvestite revue starring his partner, Albin Mr. Hodge — looks as if it could do with a coat of paint and perhaps a delousing. Georges, whose dapper evening jacket is definitely not bespoke, has a worn-down, worn-out appearance.
Try to see it their way, the show suggests; squint hard, and life at this dump will appear, for a second, beautiful. That plot, described baldly, is still hard to swallow without gagging, as are some of Mr. The sitcom setup is that the rather priggish Jean-Michel A. Anne Elena Shaddow , his betrothed, is the daughter of M. Dindon Fred Applegate , an ultra-right-wing politician who espouses, above all, traditional family values.
The anxious Jean-Michel demands that Albin disappear on the night that the Dindons rounded out by Veanne Cox as the repressed mother come to dinner. The sentiments are laudable, but the expression of them despite the French setting is as apple-pie-sticky as those of an Andy Hardy movie. As written, the characters are either adorably cute or abrasively cartoonish, and often both. The show still takes at least 10 minutes too many to arrive at its predetermined conclusion.
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