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La Cage Aux Folles has been loved by all for its humor, emotions, singing and dancing and the colorful flashy outfits that further add to the glamour quotient. The ingenuity lies in the fact that the story based on a subject as serious as the LGBT community has been executed in such a light manner but without being derogative. Hence the multiple award winning musical revolves around Georges and Albin, a gay couple dealing with an obstacle that has just popped up. Jean-Michel, George’s son is about to bring home his fiancée accompanied by her parents. Nothing stands in the way except for the couple’s identity which Jean finds embarrassing, thus demanding Albin out of the picture. Find out what happens next by getting Cage tickets because the plot becomes even more intriguing as the story unfolds. Having been touted as “feel-good family entertainment” by The New York Times and “moving, joyful and continually delightful” by the New York Observer, this musical is a treat to watch.
George owns a nightclub La Cage Aux Folles resided in a town called Saint-Tropez in France. Albin, his partner performs at Cage as a drag queen by the name of Zaza. He plays a pivotal role in Jean’s life as he practically raised him after he was abandoned by his biological mother Sybil. So Albin gets a shock of his life when he is asked not to be around on the big day as Jean insists on wanting his mother to be there instead as he fears his fiancée’s conservative parents will never come to terms with it. However, when Sybil walks out on Jean again Albin is made to let go of his real identity and disguises himself as a woman. Albin does his share of work but fails to contain himself for long and blows up the cover eventually revealing who he is. Even though the musical does not dwell on the serious side of the issue but does bring two facets into the limelight. One is the fact that no matter how fast the world keeps evolving issues such as this will always be perceived as social taboos (Albin who has been there for Jean like any mother would have is sidelined for his sexual orientation).
Secondly, when Albin discloses his true identity at the end of the musical Jean is left with no choice but to accept Albin for who he is,consequently leading us to the conclusion that one has to acknowledge the diversity of human beings. In addition to the flamboyancy, the apt song choice has also been one of the appealing factors of the musical. “We are What We are”, “A Little More Mascara”, “With Ann on My Arm”, “The Best of Times”, “With You on My Arm”, “I am What I Am” and “Look Over There” being among the list of songs that lend a helping hand to the plot. Associated Press (AP) has lauded it in these words, “the songs ooze charm, romance and melodies that are impossible to get out of your head”. The cage would be incomplete without the presence of some major characters such as Georges (the owner of the nightclub); Albin (Georges’ partner and performer at the club); Jean-Michel (Georges’ twenty-four year old son); Anne Dindon (Jean’s fiancée); Monsieur Edouard Dindon (Anne’s father who is bent on removing clubs promoting drag entertainment); and lastly Madame Marie Dindon Anne’s mother.
The musical takes its plot from a 1973 French play of similar name authored by Jean Poiret. Looking back at the history of the musical, the original Broadway production hit the theatres in 1983 with Jerry Herman providing the music and lyrics. The musical was a massive hit, bagging nine Tony Award nominations and winning six eventually including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Direction of a Musical. It also collected Drama Desk Awards for costumes, music and Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Following the heightened success of the musical other productions also emerged such as the 1985’s German production, 1986’s London Production, 2004’s Broadway Revival at the Marquis Theatre, 2008’s West End revival, 2010’s London revival and 2011’s U.S Tour. As another production hits the theatres this year buy Cage tickets and feel the true essence of the musical.