Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of La Cage aux Folles

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The Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical opened August 21, 1983, at the Palace Theatre.

The Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical La Cage aux Folles opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre August 21, 1983. George Hearn and Gene Barry starred in the adaptation of the classic French play and film about a middle-aged gay couple who are forced to hide their sexual orientation in order to meet the fiancée (and her family) of one of the men's sons.

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In a time when homosexuality had yet to become the basis of a big Broadway musical, La Cage proved to be a huge success, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, and racking up 1,761 performances. Over the course of the run, other actors to play either Albin or Georges included Larry Kert, Jamie Ross, Walter Charles, and Keith Michell.

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