First it was a French play, then a French movie, then an American musical, then a French movie sequel, then an American movie -- the permutations of La Cage aux Folles nearly rival those of Pygmalion. The success of The Birdcage notwithstanding, theatregoers tend to have the softest spot for the 1983 musical, by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein.
Audiences in Westchester, NY can now catch a production of the show when it comes to Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, Apr. 16-July 4, opening Apr. 29.
La Cage aux Folles the musical won six Tonys, including best musical, best book and best score. Based on a stage play by Jean Poiret, La Cage tells of two live-in lovers thrown into turmoil when one man's son (by a former marriage) decides to get married. In order not to frighten the girl's conservative parents, the men instead play husband and wife -- with Albin cross-dressing as the not-so-little missus. Songs in the show include the title number and the anthem, "I Am What I Am."
According to WBT spokesperson Allan Gruet, Tom Urich (Robert Urich's brother) and David Edwards star as Georges and Albin, respectively. George Puello directs; Gary John La Rosa choreographs. A nine-piece orchestra backs the show.
Designing the show are Heidi Giarlo (costumes), George Puello (set), Andrew Gmoser (lighting) and Stuart J. Allyn (sound). For tickets ($44-$65, includes dinner) call (914) 592 2222.
-- By David Lefkowitz