Cast Recording Likely for Tony-Winning La Cage aux Folles Revival

News   Cast Recording Likely for Tony-Winning La Cage aux Folles Revival
 
Audiences may get to take a new version of Jerry Herman's "Song On the Sand" home with them. Tony Award-winning La Cage aux Folles producer David Babani told Playbill.com that a cast recording of the revival is in the works.

"We are absolutely intending to do one, and hopefully we'll be getting it out in the stores on the web as quickly at possible," he said. "It's just a question of, how, what, when and where." Babani said that he and the La Cage team were in negotiations with record labels.

The Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage features new orchestrations by Jason Carr, who takes to heart Herman's lyric about a "fellow with a concertina." Rather than the lavish orchestrations featured in both the original production and 2004 revival, La Cage has returned to Broadway with an intimate sound, conjuring the type of band that would have been featured within the neighborhood nightclub itself.

Herman's tuneful score includes "The Best of Times," "Look Over There," "I Am What I Am," "Song On the Sand" and the title song. The musical earned the 1984 Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Musical. An original cast album was made, but the 2004 revival did not get a disc.

Douglas Hodge, who originated the role of Albin (also moonlighting as drag performer Zaza) in this London revival, earned both the Olivier and Tony Awards for his performance. He is joined on Broadway by Tony Award nominee Kelsey Grammer as his devoted partner Georges.

La Cage aux Folles features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. The production, which is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Tony Award winner Terry Johnson, originated at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. The cast also includes Fred Applegate as Dindon; A.J. Shively, a recent University of Michigan graduate, making his Broadway debut as Jean-Michel; Tony nominee Veanne Cox (Company, Caroline, or Change) as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Tony nominee Robin de Jesús (In the Heights) as Jacob; two-time Tony nominee Christine Andreas (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) as Jacqueline; Elena Shaddow (Fiddler on the Roof, Fanny at Encores!) as Anne; Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Shrek the Musical) as Francis; Heather Lindell (Hairspray) as Colette; Bill Nolte (The Producers, 1776) as Tabarro and David Nathan Perlow (White Noise) as Etienne.

Appearing as the Cagelles are Nick Adams (A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago), Nicholas Cunningham (La Cage Aux Folles in the West End), Sean Patrick Doyle (Fiddler on the Roof national tour, Wig Out!), Yurel Echezarreta (West Side Story), Terry Lavell (Hairspray in Las Vegas, Smokey Joe's Café national tour) and Logan Keslar (West Side Story in the West End). The production also includes Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley and Cheryl Stern.

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Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge in <i>La Cage aux Folles</i>
Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge in La Cage aux Folles Photo by Joan Marcus
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