Marquis Theatre, (12/09/2004 - 6/26/2005)

First Preview: Nov 11, 2004
Opening Date: Dec 09, 2004
Closing Date: Jun 26, 2005
Total Previews: 31
Total Performances: 229

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Summer. St. Tropez, France.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Clear Channel Entertainment, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Terry Allen Kramer and Martin Richards; Associate Producer: TGA Entertainment, Ltd., Leni Sender, Bob Cuillo and Kathi Glist

Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Based on the play "La Cage Aux Folles" by Jean Poiret; Musical Director: Patrick Vaccariello; Original Orchestrations by Jim Tyler; Additional Orchestrations by Larry Blank; Dance Music Arrangements by David Krane

Directed by Jerry Zaks; Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; Associate Director: Marc Bruni

Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Associate Scenic Design: Orit Carroll; Associate Costume Design: Tom Beall and Martha Bromelmeier; Associate Lighting Design: Karen Spahn; Associate Lighting Designer / Automated Lights: Warren Flynn; Make-Up Design by Melissa Silver

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Penelope Daulton; Associate Co. Mgr: Janice Jacobson

Production Manager: Arthur Siccardi and Patrick Sullivan; Production Supervisor: Steven Beckler; Stage Manager: Michael Pule

Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Patrick Vaccariello; Associate Conductor: Jim Laev; Concert Master: Paul Woodiel; Violin: Mary Whitaker, Victor Heifets and Dana Ianculovici; Cello: Peter Prosser and Vivian Israel; Lead Trumpet: Jeffrey Kievit; Trumpet: Trevor Neumann and Earl Gardner; Trombone: Michael Seltzer and Randy Andos; French Horn: Roger Wendt; Reeds: Ted Nash, Ben Kono, David Young and Ronald Jannelli; Drums: Ron Tierno; Percussion: Dan McMillan; Bass: Bill Sloat; Keyboard 1/Accordion: Jim Laev; Keyboard 2: Maggie Torre; Guitar/Banjo: J.J. McGeehan; Music Copying: Kaye-Houston Music

Special Effects by Chic Silber

Casting: Jim Carnahan; Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Dance Captain: Nathan Peck; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Carol Rosegg; Illustration by Robert deMichiell

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Opening Night Cast

Gary BeachAlbin
Daniel DavisGeorges
(Nov 11, 2004 - Mar 27, 2005)
Linda BalgordMme. Dindon
Gavin CreelJean-Michel
Angela GaylorAnne
Michael MulherenEdouard Dindon
John ShumanFrancis
Michael Benjamin WashingtonJacob
Ruth WilliamsonJacqueline
Adrian BaileyFisherman
Paul CanaanClo-Clo
La Cagelle
Joey DuddingBitelle
La Cagelle
Hercule
St. Tropez Townsperson
Merwin FoardM. Renaud
Christopher FreemanMonique
La Cagelle
Patty GobleColette
St. Tropez Townsperson
Dale HensleyFisherman
John HillnerEtienne
St. Tropez Townsperson
Brad MusgroveHanna
La Cagelle
Eric OtteDermah
La Cagelle
Nathan PeckNicole
La Cagelle
Andy PellickAngelique
La Cagelle
White Bird
T. Oliver ReidChantal
La Cagelle
Jermaine R. RembertLo Singh
La Cagelle
Dorothy StanleyMme. Renaud
St. Tropez Townsperson
Charlie SuttonOdette
La Cagelle
Will TaylorPhaedra
La Cagelle
Josh WaldenMercedes
La Cagelle
Emma ZaksPaulette
St. Tropez Townsperson

Swings: Leah Horowitz, Clark Johnsen, Paul McGill and Eric Stretch

Standby: Bryan Batt

Understudies: Adrian Bailey (Francis, Jacob), Bryan Batt (Albin), Joey Dudding (Jean-Michel), Merwin Foard (Edouard Dindon), Patty Goble (Jacqueline, Mme. Dindon), Dale Hensley (Albin), John Hillner (Edouard Dindon, Francis, Georges), Leah Horowitz (Anne), T. Oliver Reid (Jacob), Dorothy Stanley (Jacqueline, Mme. Dindon), Will Taylor (Jean-Michel) and Emma Zaks (Anne)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2005 Best Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Clear Channel Entertainment, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Terry Allen Kramer and Martin Richards

 2005 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Gary Beach

winner 2005 Best Choreography [winner] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2005 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

William Ivey Long

Drama Desk Award

winner 2005 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Clear Channel Entertainment, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Terry Allen Kramer and Martin Richards

winner 2005 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2005 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

William Ivey Long

Songs

music by Jerry Herman; lyrics by Jerry Herman

ACT 1 Sung By
We Are What We AreLes Cagelles
A Little More MascaraAlbin and Friends
With Anne on My ArmJean-Michel and Georges
With You on My Arm (Reprise) Georges and Albin
The PromenadeTownspeople
Song on the SandGeorges
La Cage aux FollesAlbin and Les Cagelles
I Am What I AmAlbin
ACT 2 Sung By
Song on the Sand (Reprise) Georges and Albin
MasculinityGeorges, Albin and Townspeople
Look Over ThereGeorges
Cocktail CounterpointGeorges, Edouard Dindon, Mme. Dindon, Jacob, Jean-Michel and Anne
The Best of TimesAlbin, Jacqueline and Patrons
Look Over There (Reprise) Jean-Michel
Grand FinaleFull Company

Reviews


AP: "La Cage Back on Broadway"

Some 20 years after it first opened in New York, "La Cage aux Folles," Broadway's favorite family values musical, is back on the boards, its sequins, feathers, bugle beads and ankle straps firmly in place.

The show, which arrived Thursday at the Marquis Theatre, stands foursquare in support of motherhood. OK, so mom happens to be a drag queen working in a Saint-Tropez nightclub, but the musical couldn't be more in favor of loving, nurturing relationships. This one just happens to be between two men.

If the sell is a little harder this time around, no matter. There's still its warmhearted, if jokey story (adapted by Harvey Fierstein), composer Jerry Herman's tuneful, Gallic-flavored melodies and some spiffy, athletic production numbers to remind audiences what originally caused all the fuss.

"La Cage" was quite a hit in 1983, when gay relationships were not center stage in big, splashy, mainstream Broadway shows. That novelty is now gone, but family values certainly are getting more ink these days.

And who could be more family - in their bickering, old-married way - than Georges (Daniel Davis) and Albin (Gary Beach), the twosome who operate and star in La Cage aux Folles, a slightly naughty, touristy nightclub on the French Riviera.

The story, for those who came in late, involves Georges' attempt to hide his relationship with the more outrageous Albin, the club's drag headliner. Georges has a son - from an indiscreet one-night stand - and now the boy is engaged to a girl whose father is head of the Tradition, Family and Morality Party. Georges demands Albin go into the closet for one evening while he entertains his prospective in-laws. He asks this, even though it was Albin who has raised the son (Gavin Creel) from infancy.

What made the original so appealing was the steady performances by its leading men, George Hearn and Gene Barry. Beach and Davis are both pros, but they need to relax a bit. Director Jerry Zaks has pitched things way too frantically from the get-go, with the musical exhausting its emotions quickly, especially in the show's plot-heavy first act.

Beach shines in the musical numbers. He knows how to sell a song, especially a pean to drag, "A Little More Mascara," and his anthem of outrage, "I Am What I Am," as Albin storms out on Georges at the end of Act 1.

Things settle down after intermission even as the plot heats up, and the two leads share an affecting reunion with their "son." The supporting cast, with the exception of Creel's beautifully sung Jean-Michel and Michael Benjamin Washington's saucy butler, er, maid, is surprisingly bland. Even the villainous, would-be in-laws generate few laughs.

Choreographer Jerry Mitchell has rethought the musical's big dance numbers, all of them involving Les Cagelles, the chorus boys who work in drag in the club. These guys are a hardworking crew, and Mitchell doesn't leave anything out - from tap to ballet to the cancan. His dancers cavort around the stage with an abandon that makes you fear for their lives, especially since they also dance on a walkway that encircles the orchestra pit.

You can see that much of the show's budget went into William Ivey Long's lavish costumes, with Beach in what seems like a different outfit (and one smashing blond wig) for every scene. By comparison, Scott Pask's scenery looks a little ordinary, although there is a quaint seaside setting that features a few boats bobbing in the water.

Even 20 years ago, the sentiments expressed in "La Cage aux Folles" were determinedly old-fashioned. In this revival, the one update seems to be having the two male leads chastely kiss at the final curtain, rather than just stroll off arm in arm. It will raise nary an eyebrow.


AP
12/09/2004

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Marquis Theatre

(12/9/2004 - 6/26/2005)
Production Stage Manager: David Hyslop; Second Asst.Stage Manager Andrew Neal(Mar 12, 2005 - ?).

Assistant Dance Captain: Charlie Sutton.

Cast

Bryan Batt
Etienne
St. Tropez Townsperson
Robert Goulet
Georges (Apr 15, 2005 - Jun 26, 2005)
John Hillner
Georges (Mar 29, 2005 - Apr 14, 2005)

Understudies: Dale Hensley (Georges), Josh Walden (Hanna).


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