La Cage aux Folles — Broadway

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What: La Cage aux Folles Show
How Long:
2hrs. 40mins.
(1 Intermission)
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The first La Cage aux Folles is a musical Broadway revival opened at the Marquis Theatre, and now at the Longacre Theater beginning previews on November 11, 2004, with an official opening on December 9, 2004. The production team included Jerry Zaks as director, Jerry Mitchell as choreographer, Scott Pask, Donald Holder and William Ivey Long as designers. The La Cage aux Folles is a musical cast included Gary Beach as Albin, Daniel Davis as Georges, Gavin Creel as Jean-Michel, Merwin Foard as M. Renaud, Michael Mulheren as Edouard Dindon, Linda Balgord as Mme. Dindon, Ruth Williamson as Jacqueline, Angela Gaylor as Anne, and Michael Benjamin Washington as Jacob. Robert Goulet replaced Davis as Georges on April 15, 2005 and played the role until the production closed. Reviews for the production were mixed, with The New York Times stating that it "often gives the impression of merely going through the motions, amiably but robotically, of its gag-laden, sentimental plot", yet praised Les Cagelles, who "bring acrobatic oomph and angularity to centerpieces that include an aviary of exotic, back-flipping birds and a vigorous Montmartre-style can-can. As long as the Cagelles are doing their thing, your attention stays thoroughly engaged". The revival won numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards. The production closed on June 26, 2005. Ticket sales for the show had not increased after winning the Tony Award, and the show had been consistently selling at less than 60% capacity in the months prior to closing.

La Cage aux Folles is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, it focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction, and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges' son, Jean-Michel, brings home his fiancée's ultra-conservative parents to meet them.
The musical's original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The success of the musical spawned a West End production and several international runs. The 2004 Broadway revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival, the 2008 London revival garnered the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. The 2010 Broadway revival was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. "La Cage aux Folles" is the only musical which has won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical twice and the only show that has won a Best Musical award (Original and revivals) for every staged production, except, of course, the ones with no revivals.

Original La Cage aux Folles is a musical Broadway production
La Cage aux Folles opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on August 21, 1983. It was directed by Arthur Laurents and choreographed by Scott Salmon, with set design by David Mitchell, costume design by Theoni V. Aldredge, and lighting design by Jules Fisher. The original Broadway cast included Gene Barry as Georges and George Hearn as Albin, with John Weiner as Jean-Michel, Walter Charles as M. Renaud, Jay Garner as Edouard Dindon, Merle Louise as Mme. Dindon, Elizabeth Parrish as Jacqueline, Leslie Stevens as Anne, and William Thomas, Jr. as Jacob. Among the replacement performers who appeared in La Cage aux Folles during its original Broadway run were Walter Charles, Keene Curtis, Van Johnson, Peter Marshall, Keith Michell and Lee Roy Reams. The original production received nine Tony Award nominations, winning a total of six including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. The show beat several strong competitors in many categories, including Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. It also won three Drama Desk Awards. The production ran for four years and 1,761 performances, closing on November 15, 1987. After the great success of the production's opening night, Herman felt vindicated. He "had nothing else to prove" to his critics and "vowed never to write another show for Broadway".

La Cage aux Folles is a musical Act I
Prelude - Orchestra
We Are What We Are – Les Cagelles and Georges
(A Little More) Mascara – Albin and Les Cagelles
With Anne on My Arm – Georges and Jean-Michel
With You on My Arm – Albin and Georges
Song on the Sand – Georges
La Cage aux Folles – Albin and Les Cagelles
I Am What I Am – Albin
La Cage aux Folles is a musical Act II
Song on the Sand (Reprise) – Albin and Georges
Masculinity – Albin, Georges, Monsieur Renaud, Madame Renaud, and Tabarro
Look Over There – Georges
Dishes (Cocktail Counterpoint) – Anne, Monsieur Dindon, Madame Dindon, Georges, Jacob, and Jean-Michel
The Best of Times – Albin, Jacqueline, and Patrons
Look Over There (Reprise) – Georges and Jean-Michel
Finale (With You On My Arm/La Cage Aux Folles/Song on the Sand/The Best Of Times) – Company

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