"We Are What We Are": Nine Need-to-Know LGBT Characters from Broadway

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21 Jun 2014

Douglas Hodge
Photo by Joan Marcus

7. Albin – La Cage aux Folles
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

La Cage aux Folles is another story of love conquering all. For many there was tremendous activism even in the chaste love song between the middle-aged gay couple early in the first act. More unbridled pride came out when Albin, as Zaza, ripped off his wig to sing the climactic, "I Am What I Am," a lasting anthem for LGBT rights if there ever was one. Perhaps, though, the real activism of La Cage was more implicit: the way that the integrity of a gay family held together in the end despite being pulled at many different seams.


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