Douglas Hodge to Make Broadway Debut in La Cage Revival

News   Douglas Hodge to Make Broadway Debut in La Cage Revival The acclaimed, award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles is headed to Broadway.
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Producers Sonia Friedman, David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Fran and Barry Weissler and Robert Bartner/Norman Tulchin announced Aug. 6 that the production will open at a Shubert theatre to be announced April 18, 2010.

Terry Johnson will again direct with choreography by Lynn Page.

Douglas Hodge, who played Albin in the London staging, will re-create his Olivier Award-winning performance for New York audiences. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

The London La Cage also won the 2009 Olivier for Best Musical Revival.

The creative team also includes set designer Tim Shortall, costume designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer Nick Richings, wig and makeup designer Richard Mawbey and orchestrator Jason Carr. The London revival of La Cage aux Folles played the Menier Chocolate Factory Nov. 23, 2007-March 8, 2008, before transferring to the West End's Playhouse Theatre Oct. 30, 2008, where it still resides.

La Cage aux Folles, which is based on the Jean Poiret play of the same name, features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein.

La Cage tells the story of Georges and Albin, who are told by their son Jean-Michel that he is marrying Anne, the daughter of a morals crusader. What Anne and her parents don't know is that the new in-laws are not only gay but run a notorious drag cabaret — with Albin as the marquee star, Zaza. Cue the conflict, both between the two families and within the non-traditional family.

The Herman score includes "Song on the Sand," "Look Over There," "We Are What We Are," "A Little More Mascara," "With You on My Arm," "I Am What I Am," "The Best of Times" and more.

The original production opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on Aug. 21, 1983. It ran for 1,761 performances and won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Composer-lyricist Herman and librettist Harvey Fierstein won Tony Awards for their work on the original production. The most recent Broadway revival was directed by Jerry Zaks.