April 18, 2010
The Story: Georges, the owner of Saint-Tropez drag cabaret La Cage aux Folles, is caught between his longtime lover Albin (aka Zasa, the main attraction of the the club) and son Jean-Michel, who is attempting to present a “normal” family life to the visiting ultra-conservative parents of his fiance.
The 1973 French farce La Cage aux Folles, which also inspired a 1978 film adaptation and two sequels, in 1980 and 1985
La Cage aux Folles bowed at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on August 21, 1983, where it became an immediate sensation. The production won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and ran for four years. Success alluded subsequent productions at London’s Palladium (running only 301 performances) or in 2004 on Broadway (229 performances), although the latter won a Tony for Best Revival. This current Broadway incarnation is the same scaled-down production that first played London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and, later, the West End.
Book by Harvey Fierstein; music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Barry & Fran Weissler, Edwin W. Schloss, Bob Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4, Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergere, Arlene Scanlan/John O’Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and INC/Harvey Weinstein
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Broadway Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
In the original Broadway production, two of the show’s 12 drag ensemble dancers were played by women, adding a surprise element when the Cagelles would rip off their wigs at one point in the show, revealing their sex.