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Encyclopedia > La Cage aux Folles
La Cage aux Folles
Original Broadway Production

Original poster
Music Jerry Herman
Lyrics Jerry Herman
Book Harvey Fierstein
Theatre Palace Theatre
Opened August 21, 1983
Closed November 15, 1987
Producer(s) Allan Carr, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander, Martin Richards, Marvin A. Krauss, Barry Brown and Fritz Holt
Director Arthur Laurents
Choreographer Scott Salmon
Scenic designer David Mitchell
Costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting designer Jules Fisher

La Cage aux Folles is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Jerry Herman Jerry Herman (born Gerald Herman on July 10, 1933 in New York City) is an American composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical theater. ... Jerry Herman Jerry Herman (born Gerald Herman on July 10, 1933 in New York City) is an American composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical theater. ... Harvey Forbes Fierstein (born June 6, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor, author, and singer. ... Notable theatres called the Palace Theatre include: Palace Theatre, London Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, EssexA real play house with Edwardian splendour. ... Allan Carr (born Allan Solomon on May 27, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American film producer and manager of actors and musicians. ... Martin Richards is a British computer scientist, best known for his development of the BCPL programming language, which is both the earliest major development in portable software, and the ancestor of the widely used C programming language. ... Arthur Laurents (born July 14, 1918) is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, librettist and stage director. ... David Mitchell is the name of: David Mitchell (author) (born 1969), author of Ghostwritten, number9dream and Cloud Atlas David Mitchell (actor) (born 23 July 1974), star of UK television show Peep Show and BBC Radio 4s That Mitchell and Webb Sound David Mitchell (admiral) (c1642-1710), British admiral of... Theoni V. Aldredge Theoni V. Aldredge (born Theoni Vachlioti on August 22, 1932 in Athens, Greece) is a renowned costume designer for theatre, film, television, opera, and ballet. ... Jules Fisher (born November 12, 1937) in Norristown, Pennsylvania is a prolific, award-winning, lighting designer and producer. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... Harvey Forbes Fierstein (born June 6, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor, author, and singer. ... Jerry Herman Jerry Herman (born Gerald Herman on July 10, 1933 in New York City) is an American composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical theater. ...


Based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret and subsequent 1978 French-Italian screen version (one of the most popular foreign films ever released in the United States), it focuses on a gay couple - Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his star attraction - and the adventures that ensue when Georges' son brings home his fiance's ultra-conservative parents to meet them. Romeo and Juliet by Ford Madox Brown A play, written by a playwright, or dramatist, is a form of literature, almost always consisting of dialog between characters, and intended for performance rather than reading. ... Jean Poiret, born Jean Poiré, (August 17, 1926 - March 14, 1992) was a French actor, director, and scenario writer. ... La Cage aux Folles (tr. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Saint-Tropez is a commune of the Var département in southern France, located on the French Riviera. ... Drag queens Luc DArcy and Jerry Cyr and friend at Montreals 2003 Divers/Cité pride parade. ...


A gay-themed project was risky in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, even though many Broadway performers, crew members, and devotees were homosexual. But the creative team - all gay men - felt that such a show was the tonic needed by those suffering from the illness and to combat the overt homophobia that had surfaced in some quarters due to the threat posed by the epidemic. This article is about the syndrome. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Homophobia is the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. ...


Although La Cage was Broadway's first gay-themed musical, it was nevertheless a mainstream production. Laurents didn't allow his lead characters so much as a peck on the cheek for fear that he might offend his audience. It was an old-fashioned production in the best sense - elaborate costumes by veteran Theoni V. Aldredge, exquisite sets, glamorous chorus girls (including mostly boys in drag), and a lushly romantic score. Theoni V. Aldredge Theoni V. Aldredge (born Theoni Vachlioti on August 22, 1932 in Athens, Greece) is a renowned costume designer for theatre, film, television, opera, and ballet. ...


After fifteen previews, the Broadway production, directed by Arthur Laurents and choreographed by Scott Salmon, opened on August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 1761 performances. The original cast included Gene Barry, George Hearn, John Weiner, Walter Charles, and Merle Louise. Replacements for the leads later in the run included Walter Charles, Keene Curtis, Van Johnson, Peter Marshall, Keith Michell, Steeve Arlen, and Lee Roy Reams. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Arthur Laurents (born July 14, 1918) is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, librettist and stage director. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Palace Theatre, circa 1920. ... Gene Barry (born June 14, 1919) is an American actor. ... With Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd George Hearn (born June 18, 1934, in St. ... Keene Curtis (February 15, 1923 - October 13, 2002) was an American actor. ... Van Johnson in Battleground (1949) Van Johnson (born Charles Van Johnson on August 25, 1916, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American film and television actor and dancer. ... Several people are named Peter Marshall: Peter Marshall (game show host) is an American singer and game show host, best known as the original master of The Hollywood Squares from 1966–1981. ... Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor. ... On the cover of Cabaret Scenes, April 1999 Lee Roy Reams (born August 23, 1942) is an American musical theatre actor, choreographer, and director. ...

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Subsequent productions

The West End production opened on May 7, 1986 at the London Palladium, where it ran for nearly eight months. It starred Denis Quilley, George Hearn, and Jonathon Morris. // West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is one of the most famous of Londons West End theatres. ... Denis Quilley (December 26, 1927 - October 5, 2003) was a British theatre, television and film character actor who was long associated with the Royal National Theatre. ... With Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd George Hearn (born June 18, 1934, in St. ... Jonathon Morris (born July 20, 1960, in Urmston, Manchester, England) is an English actor. ...


After thirty-one previews, a Broadway revival directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell opened on December 9, 2004 at the Marquis Theatre, where it ran for 229 performances. The cast included Gary Beach, Daniel Davis, and Gavin Creel. Robert Goulet replaced Davis later in the run. Jerry Zaks is a director and actor born in Stuttgart, Germany on 7 September, 1946. ... Jerry Mitchell is a three-time Tony nominated choreographer. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Marquis Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ... Gary Beach is an American actor, primarily in Broadway musical theatre. ... Daniel Davis (born November 26, 1945 in Gurdon, Arkansas) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his role of Niles the butler, in The Nanny. ... Gavin Creel (b. ... Robert Gerard Goulet (b. ...


Characters

  • Albin - The star of the La Cage club, as drag alter ego, "Zaza."
  • Georges - Albin's partner, and owner of La Cage, as well as compere.
  • Jacob - Butler (or housemaid as he would correct!), and Albin's personal assistant.
  • Jean-Michel - Georges' son, due to a short-lived affair 20 years ago.
  • Anne - Jean-Michel's fiancee.
  • Monsieur Edouard Dindon - Anne's father, and leader of the Tradition, Family and Morality Party.
  • Madame Marie Dindon - Edouard Dindon's wife, and Anne's mother.
  • Chantal of Avignon - One of Les Cagelles drag troupe, with a stunning voice.
  • Hannah from Hamburg - Another of Les Cagelles, but brandishes a whip.
  • Phaedra the Enigma - The Cagelle with a wild tongue!
  • Jaqueline - Albin's friend, and the owner of classy restaurant, "Chez Jaqueline."
  • Monsieur and Madame Renaud - Owners of the Promenade Cafe.

Song list

Act I This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ...

  • We Are What We Are
  • A Little More Mascara
  • With Anne on My Arm
  • With You on My Arm
  • The Promenade
  • Song on the Sand
  • La Cage aux Folles
  • I Am What I Am

Act II

  • Song on the Sand
  • Masculinity
  • Look Over There
  • Cocktail Counterpoint (aka "Dishes")
  • The Best of Times
  • Look Over There (Reprise)
  • The Finale

Albin's Act I finale number, the rousing "I Am What I Am," was recorded by Gloria Gaynor and proved to be one of her biggest hits. It also became a rallying cry of the Gay Pride movement. Gloria Gaynor (real name Gloria Fowles September 7, 1949 was born in Newark, New Jersey) and is an American singer, best-known for the disco hits I Will Survive (Hot 100 #1, 1979), Never Can Say Goodbye (Hot 100 #9, 1974), and I Am What I Am (Hot 100 #82... The gay pride or simply pride campaign has three main premises: that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that sexual diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered. ...


Awards and nominations

The original Broadway cast, shown on the cover of one of many periodicals publicizing the La Cage phenomenon. Pictured front, George Hearn (left) and Gene Barry
The original Broadway cast, shown on the cover of one of many periodicals publicizing the La Cage phenomenon. Pictured front, George Hearn (left) and Gene Barry

1983 production This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ...

  • Tony Award for Best Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Original Score (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Hearn, winner; Barry, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Lighting Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Choreography (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Hearn, winner; Barry, nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestration (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (nominee)

2004 revival Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...

  • Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Beach, nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Choreography (winner)
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design (nominee)

See also

La Cage aux Folles (tr. ... The Birdcage is a 1996 comedy film remake which stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Christine Baranski and Hank Azaria. ...

External link

Internet Broadway Database listing


 
 

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