The forthcoming Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles will find a home at the Longacre Theatre, with previews set to begin on April 6, 2010. The production, which began life at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and went on to win 2009 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and for Broadway-bound star Douglas Hodge, is set to open on April 18, directed by Terry Johnson. No other casting has been announced.
La Cage aux Folles centers on nightclub owner Georges, his partner Albin (who headlines under the name Zaza), and Georges’ son, Jean-Michel, who’s engaged to the daughter of a right-wing politico.
La Cage aux Folles features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. The original production opened August 21, 1983, at the Palace Theatre, where it played for over four years and 1,761 performances. The show won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A 2004 revival was less successful, running for 229 performances at the Marquis Theatre.
The Menier Chocolate Factory production of La Cage aux Folles played from November 23, 2007, to March 8, 2008, earning raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it is still running.
The Broadway revival of La Cage will be produced by Sonia Friedman, David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Fran and Barry Weissler and Robert Bartner/Norman Tulchin.
The ballroom dance show Burn the Floor is currently running at the Longacre in an engagement that was extended through January 3, 2010.