La Cage aux Folles
Jacob, the sassy, cross-dressing housekeeper who dreams of a featured role in onstage at the Saint Tropez nightclub La Cage aux Folles.
After a leading role in the theater-themed movie Camp, De Jesus headed for Broadway, with roles in Rent and a Tony-nominated performance in In the Heights before landing in La Cage.
Other Honors for This Role
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
2008: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, In the Heights
While playing the Squeegee man in Rent, De Jesus joined the show’s original cast onstage at the show’s 10th anniversary performance to sing a reprise of “Seasons of Love.”
“When I read this [La Cage aux Folles script], I couldn’t help feeling that Jacob is tragic. The fact that he wants to be this Cagelle, this dancer, was so tragic to me. Being my size opposite those Cagelles provides comedy in and of itself.” —De Jesus in an interview with Broadway.com, 5/10