By Andrew Gans
11 Mar 2011
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The singing actor succeeds six-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development," "The Larry Sanders Show"), who withdrew from the production Feb. 24 following 12 performances. At the time producers released a statement, which read, "Jeffrey Tambor was experiencing complications from recent hip surgery and the pain and the challenge of performing in a musical eight times a week proved to be too physically demanding. We respect his talent enormously and regretfully accept his withdrawal from the production."
Chris Hoch, who regularly plays the role of Francis and understudies the roles of Georges and Albin, has played Georges opposite Tony winner Harvey Fierstein since the Feb. 25 performance.
Tambor and Fierstein began performances Feb. 15 at the Longacre Theatre. Five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer and 2010 Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge played their final performance together Feb. 13.
La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple who run a St. Tropez drag club, features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction. It won the 2010 Best Revival (Musical) Tony.
For more information, visit www.LaCage.com.