La Cage aux Folles
May 3 - June 9, 2013
Here at ‘LA CAGE’ we live life - how should I put it? On angle!
Not to worry. You'll soon get your bearings. Just take a deep breath,
a sip of champagne and open your eyes. What do you see?
The critically acclaimed La Cage aux Folles by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman opens at Lakewood Theatre Company on May 3, 2013 with performances continuing through June 9, 2013.
Winner of multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Revival, La Cage aux Folles is a timeless and deliciously funny tale of family values, unconditional love and, above all, the need to be proud of who we are.
La Cage features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack & Mabel) and book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies, Kinky Boots). The musical is based on the farce by Jean Poiret (which also inspired the Robin Williams / Nathan Lane movie The Birdcage). Jerry Herman’s fabulous score includes “I Am What I Am,” “The Best of Times” and “Song on the Sand.” Critics call it an indisputable musical comedy classic.
Click below for a sampling of the show:
Lakewood’s production is directed by Greg Tamblyn and musical direction is by Alan D. Lytle. Performances continue through Sunday, June 9, 2013 playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (May 5, 12 and 19), and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (May12, 26 and June 2 and 9).
The Story: La Cage aux Folles tells the story of George (Leif Norby) the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely New Orleans, and his partner Albert (Joe Theissen), who stars as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. Georges has a son, Jean-Michel (Sean Powell) that he and Albert have raised since birth.
The son is recently engaged to Anne (Beth Scheppke), the daughter of a right wing politician who wants to shut down all the clubs. When the son brings his fiancée and her conservative parents (Kevin Connell and Pam Mahon) home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly!
To hide their lifestyle, George agrees to masquerade as “normal” when meeting the family of the bride-to-be. Jacob (Kevin Cook) the butler (who really wants to be called the maid) has to learn how to behave. But it is Albert who has other plans — with hilarious results.
La Cage aux Folles is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves.
Others in the cast include Joey Cote, Lyle Aranason, Nartan Woods, Jeremy Sloan, Carlos M. Quezada, Kevin Clark, Anthony Chan, Jameson Tabor, Vanessa Elsner, and Lindsay Schramm.
The creative team includes director Greg Tamblyn, musical director Alan D. Lytle, choreographer Cherie Price, set designer Glenn Gauer, costume coordinator/designer Margaret Chapman, lighting designer Drew Flint, sound designer Dan Hallberg, hair designer Jane Holmes, stage manager Felix Kelsy and producer Kay Vega.
From the Director, Greg Tamblyn:
I would like to dedicate this show to the men who helped raise and inspire me to become the person I am today. James N. Erickson, Paul Douroumis, Alex Pepe, Gene Dent, my stepfather Ralph Riggs and my father Rowland Tamblyn, have all played an important part in guiding me as I learn and grow. The beautiful theme in “La Cage Aux Folles” is Love, Respect, Honesty and Understanding, and these men have taught me over the years just how important those values are. As in “La Cage”, these men have helped me understand the broader issues of self-worth, that you are defined by oneself rather than being defined by others. “La Cage” states “We Are Who We Are”, and in life we are shaped by the wonderful people we come in contact with and who continue to inspire us to be better people. I have been extremely lucky to have these great men in my life.
Joe Theissen and Leif Norby
Joe Theissen as Albert
Leif Norby and Kevin Cook
Joe Theissen and Leif Norby
Leif Norby and Sean Powell