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La Cage aux Folles opens on Broadway to rave reviews

“THE MUSICAL REVIVAL OF THE YEAR!”

Adam Feldman, TIME OUT NEW YORK

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS

AT BROADWAY’S LONGACRE THEATRE

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s Olivier Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opened last night at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre and the critics are throwing their boas in the air, singing the praises of stars Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge and Terry Johnson’s freshly reconceived production of the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein Tony Award-winning musical.

Here’s a sampling of what the critics had to say:

Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES  
Their plumage is wilting, their wigs are askew, and their bustiers keep slipping south to reveal unmistakably masculine chests. Yet the ladies of the chorus from “La Cage aux Folles” have never looked more appealing than they do in the warm, winning production that opened Sunday night at the Longacre Theater. Terry Johnson’s inspired revival of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical, starring a happily mismatched Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge (in a bravura Broadway debut), delivers the unexpected lesson that in theater, shabby can be not just chic but redemptive.
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/theater/reviews/19cage.html
Mike Kuchwara, ASSOCIATED PRESS 
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.
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iZC8ya0gTQGbXSkOx5igcZTVy7ywD9F5OGAG0

Steven Suskin, VARIETY 
Why bring back “La Cage aux Folles” only five years after its first Broadway revival? The producers of this new edition, which premiered at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2007, have a convincing answer: It’s funny, heartwarming and terrific.
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117942582.html?categoryid=33&cs=1

Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY  
A telling moment came early at a recent preview of the new Broadway revival of “La Cage aux Folles”. Wrapping the production number “We Are What We Are,” the delightfully witty and athletic male performers cast as Les Cagelles — the chorus “girls” at an outré nightclub on the French Riviera — tossed a few beach balls into the audience. The crowd, after having some fun, dutifully tossed them back, only to have the dancers hurl them out again. The boisterous back-and-forth escalated until one ball wound up in the mezzanine. Attending a performance of this “La Cage,” which opened Sunday at the Longacre Theatre, is a bit like spending an afternoon with an overactive but thoroughly charming child. They all seem to be having a swell time, as will you…
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.usatoday.com/life/theater/reviews/2010-04-19-lacage19_ST_N.htm

Thom Geier, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 
The cast offers all the flourishes you’d expect from a show rooted in drag performance. The six Cagelles are an impressively lithe and acrobatic ensemble (the choreography is by Lynne Page), and Robin de Jesus (In the Heights) is uproarious as Albin’s devoted butler/maid who aspires to be Cagelle himself. By the end of this well-paced production, it’s hard not to concur with the refrain of Albin’s second-act number: The best of times is now.
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20361924,00.html

Adam Feldman, TIME OUT NEW YORK 
Five out of five stars.  The musical revival of the year.  I would never have thought that we needed another revival of this musical so soon after the last one’s flames flickered out. Yet somehow this familiar show blows the roof off the Longacre Theatre, and makes a case for La Cage as a classic of American musical comedy.  Tuneful, touching, tacky and bedazzling, La Cage aux Folles is what it is. And what it is is a sensation.
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:  http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/84810/la-cage-aux-folles-at-longacre-theatre-theater-review#ixzz0lYkU5lwl

Joe Dziemianowicz, DAILY NEWS 
Bugle-bead and big wig alert! “La Cage aux Folles” is back on Broadway in a heartfelt and fun revival starring “Frasier” alum Kelsey Grammer. Yes, the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical was just here five years ago, urging, like the 1983 original, to see things “from a different angle.” Director Terry Johnson follows that advice. And his interpretation, which began at the Menier Chocolate Factory theater in London, casts the glow of a new set of sequins because of it.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2010/04/19/2010-04-19_kelsey_grammer_brings_warmth_with_and_respectable_singing_to_fun_la_cage_aux_fol.html

Elisabeth Vincentelli, NEW YORK POST 
The last Broadway revival of “La Cage aux Folles” was a little more than five years ago, so it’s not as if anybody was clamoring for another go-round, no matter how beloved Jerry Herman’s score is. But since the London import that opened last night lets us see Olivier-winning star Douglas Hodge in action, we’ll take it. 
To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/rattling_la_cage_Hx9U6kOolDwRy7Jb9VxefL#ixzz0lYltS9uW

Linda Winer, NEWSDAY 
The revival, starring an endearing Kelsey Grammer and the astonishing Douglas Hodge in an import from London’s influential little Menier Chocolate Factory, is one of the happy surprises of the season.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/la-cage-revival-a-happy-surprise-with-grammer-1.1868803

Robert Feldberg, BERGEN RECORD 
An exuberant rendering of the hearty Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical.  Its exemplary musical-comedy recipe of lots of laughs, a very tuneful score and a little heart – along with zesty performances – makes it a perennial pleasure.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/91445864_An_exuberant__La_Cage__with_no_boundaries_REVIEW_LA_CAGE_AUX_FOLLES.html

David Sheward, BACKSTAGE 
Why mount another Broadway production of “La Cage aux Folles” when we just had one in 2004? The answer is that Terry Johnson’s London staging and its Olivier Award–winning star, Douglas Hodge, inject this 1983 Jerry Herman–Harvey Fierstein musical version of the 1978 French film with ingenious razzmatazz and a heartbreaking humanity that its immediate predecessor lacked.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.backstage.com/bso/content_display/advice/e3iec3c2452ddf8270ca673c400351307a0

David Finkle, THEATERMANIA.COM 
Wanna know what’s more fun than the proverbial barrel of monkeys? It’s the jewel-box of drag queens on stage at the Longacre Theatre in Terry Johnson’s highly enjoyable revival of the sweetly acerbic Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical, La Cage Aux Folles. Indeed, thanks to the production’s enhanced chamber-musical-like intimacy, there will be some theatergoers who will find the current treatment of the Tony Award-winning property even more appealing than both the original 1983 Broadway incarnation and its 2005 revival.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:

http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/reviews/04-2010/la-cage-aux-folles_26633.html

Richard Ouzounian, TORONTO STAR 
“The best of times is now,” Douglas Hodge sings joyously in the revival of La Cage Aux Folles, which opened on Broadway on Sunday night, and one would have to agree with him.  A brand new production and an increased emphasis on gay marriage and genuine family values has made the show seem incredibly touching and daringly relevant.  Credit London’s Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre with this rehabilitation.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/theatre/article/797224–la-cage-aux-folles-comes-out-of-80s-closet-in-new-broadway-production

Mark Shenton, THE STAGE 
The reason this [revival] is so essential is precisely because it is so far from the quintessential Broadway treatment: instead of sheer glamour, it introduces plenty of grit; and with it, far more reality, wit and warmth. That’s all led, of course, from the front by Hodge’s still-amazing turn as Albin — Broadway hasn’t seen a musical performance of such ferocity and fearlessness in years.

To read the review in its entirety, click on the following link:
http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/shenton/2010/04/no-return-and-no-deposit/

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