La Cage Tony Winner Doug Hodge Will Wear Mascara Through February 2011
By Kenneth Jones
Douglas Hodge, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his critically acclaimed performance as Albin in La Cage aux Folles, will extend his run for an additional six months, the producers announced on Aug. 4.
The production won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. It continues at the Longacre Theatre at 220 W. 48th Street.
"Hodge and five-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer will keep their love alive as Albin and Georges in La Cage aux Folles" until Feb. 13, 2011, "when both actors will depart the production," according to the statement.
Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter Q&A with Hodge. Terry Johnson won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction of the freshly reconceived production.
La Cage aux Folles features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This production is choreographed by Lynne Page.
The production also features Douglas Hodge as Albin; Fred Applegate as M. Dindon/M. Renaud; Veanne Cox as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Chris Hoch as Francis; Elena Shaddow as Anne; A.J. Shively as Jean-Michel; Christine Andreas as Jacqueline; Robin De Jesús as Jacob; Heather Lindell as Colette; Bill Nolte as Tabarro and David Nathan Perlow as Etienne.
Also starring "as the notorious and dangerous Cagelles" are Nick Adams as Angelique, Nicholas Cunningham as Hanna, Sean Patrick Doyle as Chantal, Yurel Echezarreta as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle and Terry Lavell as Mercedes. The production also features Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley, Caitlin Mundth and Cheryl Stern.
Brits Douglas Hodge and Nicholas Cunningham are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.
La Cage aux Folles made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for Best Production. The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize.
In the show, "Georges (Kelsey Grammer) is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin (Douglas Hodge), the pair live a charmed life — until Georges' son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who's coming to dinner."
This new production played from Nov. 23, 2007, to March 8, 2008, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning and moving to the West End's Playhouse Theatre on Oct. 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010.
PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, will record the new Broadway cast recording on Aug. 5-6 for a Sept. 28 release. The album is currently available for pre-orders at www.psclassics.com.
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