La Cage aux Folles
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Terry Johnson
Starring Douglas Hodge, Kelsey Grammer, A.J. Shively, Fred Applegate, Veanne Cox, Robin de Jesus, Christine Andreas, Elena Shaddow, Chris Hoch, Heather Lindell, Nick Adams, Nicholas Cunningham, Sean Patrick Doyle, Terry Lavell, Logan Keslar, Sean A. Carmon
Performances began April 6, 2010
220 West 48th Street
Even though its lead characters--Albin, a drag-queen performer, and Georges, his impresario-lover--are openly, unashamedly gay, La Cage aux Folles has always been an old-fashioned musical at heart. That’s why it was a huge Broadway hit 30 years ago and why the new revival will also pack ‘em in for awhile.
Douglas Hodge, who won the Olivier Award in London, plays Albin, and while he gives a boisterous, infectious performance, it is the showiest lead and the actor definitely plays it to the hilt, and even beyond: his ad-libs and constant winks to the audience are cute but unnecessary. Still, he pulls off his big number, “I Am What I Am,” brilliantly, and there’s terrific chemistry with Kelsey Grammer, who shows his innate professionalism and low-key star power as Georges. Though not a great singer, Grammer gets through Herman’s songs with impressive star quality; what will be interesting to see is, if Grammer takes over Albin’s role when Hodge leaves the show, as is being reported, how he‘d handle the campiness.
For now, the two stars go a long way toward making this revisit to La Cage a blissful one.
originally posted on timessquare.com