La Cage aux Folles

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Previewed 20 October 2008, Opened 30 October 2008, Closed 2 January 2010 at the Playhouse Theatre in London.

A major revival of the classic Jerry Herman musical La Cage aux Folles in London directed by Terry Johnson.

Winner - Best Musical - Critics Circle Awards 2009. Winner - Best Musical Revival - Olivier Awards 2009. Bon soir! Welcome to the pride of St Tropez, the envy of the cabaret world, the jewel of the Riviera.... La Cage aux Folles. Georges and Albin - proprietors of the legendary cabaret club La Cage aux Folles - have lived together happily for years, with Albin performing nightly as Zaza, the star drag act. Their glamorous existence is threatened when Georges' son, Jean-Michel who was brought up by them, announces his impending marriage to Anne - who happens to be the daughter of a local moral crusader and politician who wants to close down their club... Meeting the prospective in-laws has never promised to be so troublesome! La Cage aux Folles explores what it is to be a family, to love without condition and above all, to be proud of what we are.

The cast for La Cage aux Folles in London from 14 September 2009 at 28 November 2009 features John Barrowman as 'Albin' and Simon Burke as 'Georges'. The cast from 30 November 2009 to 2 January 2010 features Douglas Hodge as 'Albin' and Denis Lawson as 'Georges'. Previous casts have featured Philip Quast as 'Albin' and Roger Allam as 'Georges', and Graham Norton as 'Albin' and Steven Pacey as 'Georges'. Based on the French play by Jean Poiret, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein. This newly conceived production of La Cage aux Folles in London is directed by Terry Johnson with choreography by Lynne Page, set designs by Tim Shortall and costumes by Matthew Wright. This production was originally seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory at the end of last year. All tickets for the run sold-out in advance of opening night!. Jerry Herman's West End credits include Mack and Mabel and Hello Dolly!.

"The plot about a couple of ageing drag artists who discover that their 'son' is getting married is very thin. At almost three hours, it also feels increasingly laborious and ever less risque. There are good songs, notably I Am What I Am as well as a storming title tune. But there are also bland ones, such as the opening number sung by Zaza, the play's drag diva. Terry Johnson's good-natured production does get the house whooping, yet it still feels a bit rote. A rugged Douglas Hodge is delightfully effeminate as Zaza, but there is no real chemistry between him and his boyfriend, played by Denis Lawson." The Mail on Sunday

The original production of La Cage aux Folles opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on 21 August 1983 where it became the biggest new American musical of the decade. It ran for 1,761 performances and won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. The show's song "I Am What I Am" became an instant hit in the pop charts and was recorded by a variety of artists, including Gloria Gaynor and Shirley Bassey.

La Cage aux Folles in London at the Playhouse Theatre in London previewed from 20 October 2008, opened on 30 October 2008 and closed on 2 January 2010.