Longacre Theatre, (4/18/2010 - 5/01/2011)

First Preview: Apr 06, 2010
Opening Date: Apr 18, 2010
Closing Date: May 01, 2011
Total Previews: 15
Total Performances: 433

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

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Barry & Fran Weissler, Edwin W. Schloss, Robert G Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4, Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergère, Arlene Scanlan/John O'Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and INC/Harvey Weinstein; Associate Producer: Carlos Arana and Robert Driemeyer

Originally produced by The Menier Chocolate Factory (David Babani, Artistic Director)

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: Todd Ellison; Music orchestrated by Jason Carr; Dance arrangements by Jason Carr

Directed by Terry Johnson; Choreographed by Lynne Page; Associate Choreographer: Nicholas Cunningham

Scenic Design by Tim Shortall; Costume Design by Matthew Wright; Lighting Design by Nick Richings; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans; Wig Design by Richard Mawbey; Make-Up Design by Richard Mawbey; Associate Scenic Design: Bryan Johnson; Associate Lighting Design: Vivien Leone; Assistant Lighting Design: Ben Hagen

UK General Management: Diane Benjamin, Pam Skinner and Tom Siracusa; General Manager: B.J. Holt; Executive Producer: Alecia Parker; Company Manager: Kimberly Kelley; Associate Gen. Mgr: Hilary Hamilton; Assistant Co. Mgr: Dominic Schiach

Technical Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi and Patrick Sullivan; Production Stage Manager: Kristen Harris; Stage Manager: Glynn David Turner; Assistant Stage Mgr: Neveen Mahmoud

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Musical Supervisor: Jason Carr; Conducted by Todd Ellison; Associate Conductor: Antony Geralis; Keyboards: Todd Ellison and Antony Geralis; Woodwinds: Steve Kenyon and Roger Rosenberg; Trumpet: Don Downs; Tenor Trombone: Keith O'Quinn; Acoustic Bass: Marc Schmied; Drums/Percussion: Sean McDaniel; Synthesizer Programmer: Randy Cohen

Casting: Duncan Stewart, C.S.A.; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Press Associate: Jim Byk; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Dance Captain: Nicholas Cunningham; Photographer: Joan Marcus

Opening Night Cast

Kelsey GrammerGeorges
(Apr 06, 2010 - Feb 13, 2011)
Douglas Hodge
Broadway Debut
Albin
(Apr 06, 2010 - Feb 13, 2011)
Fred ApplegateEdouard Dindon
(Apr 06, 2010 - Feb 13, 2011)
M. Renaud
(Apr 06, 2010 - Feb 13, 2011)
Veanne CoxMme. Dindon
(Apr 06, 2010 - Sep 12, 2010)
Mme. Renaud
St. Tropez Townsperson
(Apr 06, 2010 - Sep 12, 2010)
Chris HochFrancis
Elena ShaddowAnne
(Apr 06, 2010 - Apr 04, 2011)
A.J. Shively
Broadway Debut
Jean-Michel
Nick AdamsAngelique
La Cagelle
(Apr 06, 2010 - Aug 08, 2010)
Christine AndreasJacqueline
Sean A. CarmonPhaedra
La Cagelle
Nicholas CunninghamHanna
La Cagelle
Robin De JesúsJacob
(Apr 06, 2010 - Feb 13, 2011)
Sean Patrick DoyleChantal
La Cagelle
Dale HensleyWaiter
Logan KeslarBitelle
La Cagelle
Terry LavellMercedes
La Cagelle
Heather LindellColette
St. Tropez Townsperson
Bill NolteTabarro
St. Tropez Townsperson
David Nathan PerlowEtienne
St. Tropez Townsperson
(Apr 06, 2010 - Nov 28, 2010)
Cheryl SternBabette
St. Tropez Townsperson

Swings: Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore and Caitlin Mundth

Understudies: Nick Adams (Jean-Michel), Christophe Caballero (Francis, Jacob), Sean Patrick Doyle (Jacob), Dale Hensley (Albin, Edouard Dindon, Francis, M. Renaud), Chris Hoch (Albin, Georges), Heather Lindell (Anne, Jacqueline, Mme. Dindon, Mme. Renaud), Caitlin Mundth (Anne), Bill Nolte (Edouard Dindon, Georges, M. Renaud), David Nathan Perlow (Jean-Michel) and Cheryl Stern (Jacqueline, Mme. Dindon, Mme. Renaud)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2010 Best Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Barry & Fran Weissler, Edwin W. Schloss, Robert G Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4, Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergère, Arlene Scanlan/John O'Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and INC/Harvey Weinstein; Originally produced by The Menier Chocolate Factory (David Babani, Artistic Director)

winner 2010 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Douglas Hodge

 2010 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Kelsey Grammer

 2010 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robin De Jesús

 2010 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Lynne Page

winner 2010 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Terry Johnson

 2010 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Jason Carr

 2010 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Tim Shortall

 2010 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Matthew Wright

 2010 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Nick Richings

 2010 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Jonathan Deans

Drama Desk Award

winner 2010 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Barry & Fran Weissler, Edwin W. Schloss, Robert G Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4, Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergère, Arlene Scanlan/John O'Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and INC/Harvey Weinstein; Originally produced by The Menier Chocolate Factory (David Babani, Artistic Director)

winner 2010 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Douglas Hodge

 2010 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robin De Jesús

 2010 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Lynne Page

 2010 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Jonathan Deans

winner 2010 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Matthew Wright

 2010 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Terry Johnson

Songs

music by Jerry Herman; lyrics by Jerry Herman

ACT 1 Sung By
We Are What We AreCagelles and Georges
A Little More MascaraAlbin and Georges
With Anne on My ArmGeorges and Jean-Michel
With You on My ArmAlbin and Georges
Song on the SandGeorges
La Cage aux FollesCompany
I Am What I AmAlbin
ACT 2 Sung By
Song on the Sand (Reprise) Albin and Georges
MasculinityAlbin, Georges, M. Renaud, Mme. Renaud (St. Tropez Townsperson) and Tabarro (St. Tropez Townsperson)
Look Over ThereGeorges
Cocktail CounterpointAnne, Edouard Dindon, Mme. Dindon, Georges, Jacob and Jean-Michel
The Best of TimesCompany
Look Over There (Reprise) Georges and Jean-Michel

Reviews


AP: "A riotous 'La Cage aux Folles' returns to B'way"

Is there a more appealing, entertaining argument for motherhood than "La Cage aux Folles"? Especially when mother is a quixotic, neurotic but undeniably goodhearted drag queen played by Douglas Hodge, who, by the way, is giving the most exuberant musical-comedy performance of the season.

Hodge is the primary reason this riotously funny and, yes, emotionally affecting revival of the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical has returned to Broadway only five years after its last New York appearance. Yet there is more to the show than Hodge's star-making performance.

"La Cage," which opened Sunday at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, has been imaginatively reconceived by director Terry Johnson, who first directed it at London's tiny Menier Chocolate Factory. The Longacre is bigger but still is one of Broadway's smaller houses, so this is an intimate, vest-pocket "La Cage."

The orchestra is perched high in little boxes on either side of the stage and a row of tables sits in front of the stage to give the musical the feeling of actually taking place in that notorious Saint-Tropez night spot known as La Cage aux Folles.

This den of sparkle dust, bugle beads, ankle straps, maribou, ostrich plumes and Shalimar (to quote from Herman's stylish, easy-on-the ear lyrics) is presided over by Georges (Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" fame) and Albin (Hodge), two longtime lovers who own and perform in the club.

Grammer has a surprisingly sturdy singing voice and an ingratiating stage manner, just right for the calm well, relatively calm voice of reason in the chorus of quirky, high-spirited characters who populate Fierstein's plot of filial devotion.

For those who came in late, the story concerns a dustup over Georges' son, Jean-Michel, conceived long ago during an indiscreet one-night stand. Now the young man (A.J. Shively) wants to bring home his fiancee and her parents, but his prospective father-in-law is head of the Tradition, Family and Morality Party. Jean-Michel wants the flamboyant Albin kept under wraps, so to speak, during the visit, even though the man raised him as his own.

Flamboyant may be too mild an adjective. One of the delights of Hodge's performance is his joyous, music-hall rowdy portrayal of Albin's on-stage drag persona, Zaza. In one of Zaza's most delicious impersonations, Hodge resembles a slightly gone-to-seed Marilyn Monroe during her "Seven-Year Itch" period. The actor has embroidered the role vocally, too, at one point channeling not only Edith Piaf but Marlene Dietrich as well.

Herman's score is his most atmospheric and that's saying something since the man also wrote "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame." The songs for "La Cage" ooze Gallic charm, unabashed romance and melodies that are impossible to get out of your head. Try not singing "The Best of Times" in the shower. Impossible.

The club setting is more appropriately downscale than in the musical's two previous Broadway incarnations. And so are Les Cagelles, the chorus of female impersonators who entertain with Zaza. These guys are equal parts naughty and tawdry, particularly Nicholas Cunningham who portrays the whip-cracking Hanna from Hamburg. They perform Lynne Page's ambitiously athletic choreography with abandon.

The supporting cast offers delirious comic support from Robin De Jesus as a Googie Gomez-inspired domestic who attends Albins' every whim to Fred Applegate and Veanne Cox as the girl's bewildered parents.

When "La Cage aux Folles" originally opened on Broadway in 1983, gay marriage was not on the horizon. At the time, Fierstein's book was considered groundbreaking for depicting a long-term gay relationship in all its domestic normalcy. In the nearly three decades since then, the idea of gay marriage is a reality, at least in some places.

These days, Georges and Albin could be considered just another old married couple, yet their story as told in "La Cage" could not be more timely and enjoyable.


AP
04/18/2010

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Longacre Theatre

(4/18/2010 - 5/1/2011)
Associate Costume Design: David Kaley.

Company Manager: Stephen Sapadaro, Hilary Hamilton.

Drums/Percussion: Eric Poland; Woodwinds: Tom Christensen; Trumpet: Bob Millikan.

Dance Captain: Christophe Caballero.

Cast

Ashley Kate Adams
Colette
St. Tropez Townsperson
(Apr 5, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Matt Anctil
Angelique
La Cagelle
(Aug 24, 2010 - May 1, 2011)
Allyce Beasley
Mme. Dindon (Sep 14, 2010 - Apr 4, 2011)
Mme. Renaud
St. Tropez Townsperson
(Sep 14, 2010 - Apr 4, 2011)
Veanne Cox
Mme. Dindon (Apr 5, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Mme. Renaud
St. Tropez Townsperson
(Apr 5, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Yurel Echezarreta
Phaedra
La Cagelle
Harvey Fierstein
Albin (Feb 15, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Wilson Jermaine Heredia
Jacob (Feb 15, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Chris Hoch
Georges (Feb 25, 2011 - Mar 10, 2011)
Heather Lindell
Anne (Apr 5, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Michael Lowney
Etienne
St. Tropez Townsperson
(Dec 2, 2010 - May 1, 2011)
Micheal McShane
Edouard Dindon (Feb 15, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
M. Renaud (Feb 15, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Christopher Sieber
Georges (Mar 11, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Jeffrey Tambor
Georges (Feb 15, 2011 - Feb 24, 2011)
Karl Warden
Hanna
La Cagelle
(Mar 15, 2011 - May 1, 2011)
Bruce Winant
Tabarro
St. Tropez Townsperson

Understudies: Ashley Kate Adams (Anne), Dale Hensley (Georges), Logan Keslar (Jean-Michel), Michael Lowney (Jean-Michel), Bruce Winant (Edouard Dindon, Georges, M. Renaud).


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