"The Best of Times Is Now": La Cage aux Folles Returns to Broadway April 6

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and Kenneth Jones
06 Apr 2010

Douglas Hodge
Douglas Hodge
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Stage and screen star Kelsey Grammer is Georges opposite the Albin of Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge in the new Broadway mounting of the critically acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production of La Cage aux Folles, which begins previews April 6 at the Longacre Theatre. It will open April 18.

Grammer has said that he will eventually play both leading roles in the production: The five-time Emmy winner will switch to the part of Albin six months after the show opens.

La Cage aux Folles features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This "freshly reconceived production" is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson.

The cast also boasts Fred Applegate as Dindon; A.J. Shively, a recent University of Michigan graduate, making his Broadway debut as Jean-Michel; Tony nominee Veanne Cox (Company, Caroline, or Change) as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Tony nominee Robin de Jesús (In the Heights) as Jacob; two-time Tony nominee Christine Andreas (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) as Jacqueline; Elena Shaddow (Fiddler on the Roof, Fanny at Encores!) as Anne; Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Shrek the Musical) as Francis; Heather Lindell (Hairspray) as Colette; Bill Nolte (The Producers, 1776) as Tabarro and David Nathan Perlow (White Noise) as Etienne.

Also starring as "the notorious and dangerous Cagelles" are Nick Adams (A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago), Nicholas Cunningham (La Cage Aux Folles in the West End), Sean Patrick Doyle (Fiddler on the Roof national tour, Wig Out!), Yurel Echezarreta (West Side Story), Terry Lavell (Hairspray in Las Vegas, Smokey Joe's Café national tour) and Logan Keslar (West Side Story in the West End). The production also includes Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley and Cheryl Stern.



The revival features four cabaret tables located in the front of the orchestra — two tables of five seats and two tables of four seats. Audience members at those tables, according to the producers, will be "in a position where the notorious and dangerous Cagelles will be even more notorious and a little more dangerous." The cabaret tables, 18 seats total, are on sale at www.telecharge.com/lacage; tickets for the table seating is $251.50.

In the Tony-winning 1983 show, "Georges (Kelsey Grammer) is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera," according to production notes. "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."

The production features set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Nick Richings, sound design by Jonathan Deans and wig and makeup design by Richard Mawbey. Orchestrations, vocal arrangements and musical supervision are by Jason Carr; musical director is Todd Ellison.

This new production played from Nov. 23, 2007 to March 8, 2008, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning raves 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. It won the 2009 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.

The production is on sale through Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or at www.telecharge.com/lacage.