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.
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.