Report: "Chicago" Producer Planning Movie Musical for La Cage aux Folles

News   Report: "Chicago" Producer Planning Movie Musical for La Cage aux Folles
Producer Martin Richards — who scored big in 2002 with the screen version of Chicago — is planning to do the same with the current Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles, according to Variety.

The theatre and film impresario — who is part of the current revival's producing team — told Variety's Army Archerd that he plans to bring the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein tuner to the big screen.

If the project comes to fruition, it would mark the first time the stage musical has been adapted for the screen — though a trilogy of French films and the 1996 American film "The Birdcage" starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams are based on the same source material, Jean Poiret's play.

La Cage tells the story of Georges and Albin (played by Daniel Davis and Gary Beach), who are told by their son Jean-Michel (played by Gavin Creel) that he is marrying Anne (Angela Gaylor), the daughter of a morals crusader. What Anne and her parents don't know is that the new in-laws are not only gay but run a notorious drag cabaret — with Albin as the marquee star, Zaza.

Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls) directs the production of the musical featuring a score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame) and book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy). Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty) choreographs.

Ruth Williamson, Michael Mulheren, Linda Balgord, John Shuman and Michael Benjamin Washington are among featured players in the new Broadway production of La Cage aux Folles. The company also includes Adrian Bailey, Bryan Batt, Paul Canaan, Joey Dudding, Merwin Foard, Christopher Freeman, Patty Goble, Dale Hensley, John Hillner, Leah Horowitz, Clark Johnsen, Paul McGill, Brad Musgrove, Eric Otte, Nathan Peck, Andy Pellick, T. Oliver Reid, Jermaine Rembert, Dorothy Stanley, Charlie Sutton, Will Taylor, Josh Walden and Emma Zaks.

The score includes "Song on the Sand," "Look Over There," "We Are What We Are," "A Little More Mascara," "With You on My Arm," "I Am What I Am," "The Best of Times" and more.

La Cage aux Folles is produced by James L. Nederlander, Clear Channel Entertainment, Kenneth Greenblatt, Terry Allen Kramer and Martin Richards.

Designers include Scott Pask (set), William Ivey Long (costume), Donald Holder (lighting), Peter Fitzgerald (sound) and Paul Huntley (hair). Musical direction is by Patrick Vaccariello, leading a 22-piece orchestra.

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