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More raves for La Cage aux Folles

“Simply wonderful.  Even more endearing than the original!”


“The best musical I’ve seen all season. A thrilling night of theatre!”


“An unexpected joy!  The Best of Times are here again!”

Roma Torre, NY1 NEWS



The Menier Chocolate Factory’s Olivier Award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opened Sunday night at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre and the raves keep coming in!  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:

Hollywood Reporter

April 19, 2010

By Frank Scheck

Simply wonderful. Even more endearing than the original. Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s 1983 musical, which already has received two lavish Broadway productions, is even more touching and entertaining in this chamber-style version, imported from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory (currently white-hot thanks to this and its A Little Night Music, which also transferred).

The production has wisely retained the services of Douglas Hodge, the British classical actor who is little known on these shores but who delivers a tour de force (and Olivier Award-winning) performance as Albin, the drag-queen star of the titular nightclub. Providing box office insurance, Kelsey Grammer plays Georges, delivering an assured and charming leading turn.

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New York Observer

April 21, 2010

By Jesse Oxfeld

The revival of La Cage aux Folles is showing that simply doing the same old Broadway thing—when doing it affectionately, accessibly, movingly and joyfully—can produce a thrilling night of theater. This La Cage, a Menier Chocolate Factory production starring Kelsey Grammer as Georges, is perhaps the best musical I’ve seen all season…

Mr. Grammer—resplendent as the curtain rises in a purple, crushed-velvet tuxedo jacket, frilly pink tux shirt, and, most surprisingly, hair—has all his usual affected mannerisms, and they work wonderfully here portraying an aging, controlling queen…Douglas Hodge, an Olivier-winning Pinter specialist new to New York stages (and, presumably, drag), is vulnerable, charming and genuinely hilarious as Albin.

From the breathtaking opening number—with the drag-queen chorus boys, the Cagelles, singing and posing in red-lit silhouette—to Hodge’s devastating “I Am What I Am” at the close of Act I to the slapstick farce of Act II to the touching Georges-Albin kiss that closes the show (moving in 2010; daring, I presume, in 1983), La Cage is continually delightful and also continually eloquent: Being who you are, and being loved for it, is what matters, not any moralist’s labels or standards. The best of times is—well, you know.

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April 20, 2010

By Roma Torre

Just when you think you know a show inside and out, along comes a revival that opens a new window and suddenly a gust of fresh air turns the whole experience into an unexpected joy. I’ve seen La Cage Aux Folles several times, but this streamlined production beautifully integrates the dramatic elements with the music and the result is as inviting as an April in Paris, or rather, San Tropez.

Grammer’s timing is impeccable with a commanding yet warm presence. And who knew “Frasier” had such a strong singing voice.
Hodge, a classically trained British actor delivers a multi-dimensional Albin. High-strung and prone to emotional outbursts, he defies the stereotype, crafting a very real human being beneath the drama queen. And while not the best singer, his moving performance of that stirring anthem “I Am What I Am” ranks at the very top.

Much like Sam Mendes’ reworking of Cabaret years ago, this La Cage went back to the basics by reexamining the emotional connections.

Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s groundbreaking musical made a huge splash when it originally opened 27 years ago but subsequent productions showed signs of aging. With this terrific collaboration, I’m very happy to report The Best of Times are here again for La Cage Aux Folles.

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April 19, 2010

We can’t stop humming “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times,” which can only mean one thing: La Cage aux Folles is back on Broadway. This tuneful tale set in a St. Tropez drag club first hit Broadway way back in 1983, and a brand-new production opened on April 18 starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. Just before opening night, Word of Mouth panelists Ellen, Maggie and Sam took their seats the Longacre Theatre to check out the La Cage revival and give us their review.

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