Palace Theatre, (8/21/1983 - 11/15/1987)

First Preview: Aug 09, 1983
Opening Date: Aug 21, 1983
Closing Date: Nov 15, 1987
Total Previews: 15
Total Performances: 1761

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Summer. St. Tropez, France.
Comments: This production was hoping to transfer to the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Lee Roy Reams and Mace Barrett were slated to take over in the roles of Albin and Georges, respectively, on November 19, 1987. However, the production did not transfer to the Hellinger, and closed November 15, 1987, before Reams and Barrett could start performances.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander and Stewart F. Lane

Produced by Allan Carr, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander, Martin Richards, Marvin A. Krauss, Barry Brown and Fritz Holt; Produced in association with Jonathan Farkas, John J. Pomerantz and Martin Heinfling

Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Based on the play "La Cage Aux Folles" by Jean Poiret; Musical Director: Don Pippin; Vocal arrangements by Don Pippin; Music orchestrated by Jim Tyler; Dance Music Arranged by G. Harrell

Directed by Arthur Laurents; Choreographed by Scott Salmon; Assistant Choreographer: Richard Balestrino

Scenic Design by David Mitchell; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Sound Design by Peter J. Fitzgerald; Hair Design by Ted Azar; Assistant Scenic Design: Steve Saklad; Associate Lighting Design: Dawn Chiang; Associate Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz; Make-Up Design by Ted Azar

Executive Producer: Barry M. Brown and Fritz Holt; General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc., Gary Gunas and Steven C. Callahan; Company Manager: Nina Skriloff; Management Associate: Sue Frost and Joey Parnes

Production Stage Manager: Fritz Holt; Stage Manager: James Pentecost

Music published by Jerryco Music Co. and Edwin H. Morris & Co.; Musical Coordinator: John Monaco

Casting: Pulvino & Howard, Ltd.; General Press Representative: Shirley Herz Associates; Dance Captain: Bob Brubach; Photographer: Martha Swope; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne

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Opening Night Cast

Gene BarryGeorges
(Aug 09, 1983 - Jul 14, 1984)
George HearnAlbin
(Aug 09, 1983 - Aug 17, 1985)
Walter CharlesM. Renaud
Jay GarnerEdouard Dindon
Brian KellyFrancis
Merle LouiseMme. Dindon
Elizabeth ParrishJacqueline
Leslie StevensAnne
William Thomas, Jr.Jacob
John WeinerJean-Michel
Sydney AndersonMme. Renaud
St. Tropez Townsperson
David CahnChantal
La Cagelle
Dennis CallahanMonique
La Cagelle
Betsy CraigPaulette
St. Tropez Townsperson
Frank Di PasqualeDermah
La Cagelle
John DolfNicole
La Cagelle
David EngelHanna
La Cagelle
David EvansMercedes
La Cagelle
Linda HabermanBitelle
La Cagelle
Eric LampLo Singh
La Cagelle
Jack NeubeckHercule
St. Tropez Townsperson
Dan O'GradyOdette
La Cagelle
Deborah PhelanAngelique
La Cagelle
Jay PierceEtienne
St. Tropez Townsperson
Marie SantellBabette
St. Tropez Townsperson
David ScalaPhaedra
La Cagelle
Sam SinghausClo-Clo
La Cagelle
Jennifer SmithColette
St. Tropez Townsperson
Mark WaldropTabarro
St. Tropez Townsperson
Ken WardPepe
St. Tropez Townsperson

Swings: Bob Brubach, Drew Geraci, Jan Leigh Herndon and Leslie Simons

Standby: Jamie Ross (Georges)

Understudies: Sydney Anderson (Jacqueline), Bob Brubach (Etienne, Francis, Pepe, Phaedra), Walter Charles (Albin, Edouard Dindon, Georges), Betsy Craig (Mme. Dindon), Drew Geraci (Chantal, Dermah, Hanna, Hercule, Jean-Michel, Mercedes, Tabarro), Jan Leigh Herndon (Angelique, Anne, Babette, Colette, Mme. Renaud, Paulette), Jack Neubeck (M. Renaud) and Ken Ward (Jacob)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1984 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by Allan Carr, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Marvin A. Krauss, Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander and Martin Richards; Executive Producer: Barry M. Brown and Fritz Holt

winner 1984 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Harvey Fierstein

winner 1984 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman

winner 1984 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

George Hearn

 1984 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Gene Barry

winner 1984 Best Costume Design [winner] 

Theoni V. Aldredge

 1984 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Jules Fisher

 1984 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Scott Salmon

winner 1984 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Arthur Laurents

Drama Desk Award

 1984 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Allan Carr, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander, Martin Richards and Marvin A. Krauss

 1984 Outstanding Book [nominee] 

Book by Harvey Fierstein

winner 1984 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 

George Hearn

 1984 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Gene Barry

 1984 Outstanding Orchestration [nominee] 

Jim Tyler

 1984 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Jerry Herman

winner 1984 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Jerry Herman

winner 1984 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Theoni V. Aldredge

 1984 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Jules Fisher


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
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 and Jacob
The Best of TimesAlbin, Jacqueline and Patrons
Look Over There (Reprise) Jean-Michel
Grand FinaleEntire Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Palace Theatre

(8/21/1983 - 11/15/1987)
Stage Manager: Robert Schear; Assistant Stage Mgr: Jay Adler.

Management Associate: Jeff Capitola.

Dance Captain: Dennis Callahan; Assistant to the Producer: John Rainwater.


Keith Allen
La Cagelle
Steeve Arlen
Georges (Nov 1985 - ?)
Mace Barrett
M. Renaud
Gene Barry
Georges (circa. Dec 1985 - ?)
Robert Brubach
Bill Burns
Francis (circa. Aug 1987 - circa. Nov 1987)
Darrell Carey
Pamela Cecil
St. Tropez Townsperson
Walter Charles
Albin (Aug 19, 1985 - Feb 1987)
Keene Curtis
During George Hearn's vacation
Albin (Oct 8, 1984 - Oct 20, 1984)
Albin (Feb 1987 - ?)
Jack Davison
M. Renaud
During Walter Charles' vacationAlbin (Jul 15, 1986 - Jul 20, 1986)
Frank Di Pasquale
La Cagelle
Lynn Faro
La Cagelle
Drew Geraci
La Cagelle
Rex Hays
St. Tropez Townsperson
Cady Huffman
La Cagelle
(Oct 25, 1985 - circa. Dec 1985)
K. Craig Innes
La Cagelle
Suzanne Ishee
St. Tropez Townsperson
David Jackson
St. Tropez Townsperson
Van Johnson
Georges (Jan 7, 1985 - Nov 9, 1985)
Shannon Lee Jones
La Cagelle
David Klatt
Lo Singh
La Cagelle
St. Tropez Townsperson
Juliette Kurth
Peter L. Marshall
Keith Michell
Georges (Aug 13, 1984 - Jan 5, 1985)
Darcy Pulliam
Mme. Dindon (Nov 21, 1986 - Nov 15, 1987)
Peter Reardon
Jean-Michel (circa. 1986 - ?)
Jamie Ross
During Gene Barry's vacation
Georges (Feb 20, 1984 - Feb 25, 1984)
Georges (Jul 16, 1984 - Aug 11, 1984)
Thom Sesma
St. Tropez Townsperson
Jennifer Smith
Eric Underwood
La Cagelle
Kyle Whyte
La Cagelle

Standbys: Jamie Ross (Georges), Tom Urich (Georges).

Understudies: Jack Davison (Albin, Edouard Dindon), Frank Di Pasquale (Francis), David Jackson (Jacob), David Klatt (Etienne, M. Renaud, Pepe, Phaedra), Thom Sesma (Jacob).

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