La Cage aux Folles
Albin, the flamboyant half of a long-term gay couple and star attraction (as Zaza) at a drag nightclub in St. Tropez.
An Olivier Award winner in his native London, Hodge is best known for starring on the West End stage in the works of Harold Pinter and Shakespeare, as well as a star turn as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. La Cage marks his Broadway debut.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Breakthrough Performance
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
—Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
This is Hodge’s first Tony Award nomination.
Hodge met his wife, actress Tessa Peake-Jones, while playing the Romeo to her Juliet in a Birmingham Rep production of the Shakespearian classic.
“My dad thought [La Cage] would be too racy and embarrassing and said, ‘We’ll skip this one.’ But then I was [feeling] poorly, and they came down. They listened to the music, and finally they did come to the show—and it turned out to be everything my father believed in about tolerance and respect and dignity, and family being the core of life. He absolutely loved it. The night before the Olivier Awards [when Hodge won Best Actor], my father died, so it’s been an extraordinary journey for me.” —Hodge in a Fresh Face interview with Broadway.com, 5/22/10