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La Cage aux Folles in the news

WINNER! BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

DRAMA DESK             OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE             DRAMA LEAGUE           OLIVIER AWARDS

WINNER! BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – DOUGLAS HODGE

DRAMA DESK              OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE             OLIVIER AWARDS

WINNER! BEST DIRECTOR – TERRY JOHNSON

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

WINNER! BEST COSTUMES – MATTHEW WRIGHT

DRAMA DESK         OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

NOMINATED FOR 11 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
IN THE NEWS

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, April 18 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).  The production stars five-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer and Olivier Award-winner Douglas Hodge. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, is directed by Terry Johnson and choreographed by Lynne Page.  

LA CAGE is nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor (Kelsey Grammer), Best Actor (Douglas Hodge), Best Featured Actor (Robin De Jesús), Best Director (Terry Johnson), Best Choreography (Lynne Page), Best Scenic Design (Tim Shortall), Best Costume Design (Matthew Wright), Best Lighting Design (Nick Richings), Best Sound Design (Jonathan Deans) and Best Orchestrations (Jason Carr).

LA CAGE has won three Drama Desk Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor (Douglas Hodge) and Best Costume Design (Matthew Wright), four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor (Douglas Hodge), Best Director (Terry Johnson) and Best Costume Design (Matthew Wright) and the Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The production has been in the news lately.  Here are some recent stories about LA CAGE AUX FOLLES on Broadway:

La Cage aux Folles on Good Morning America
ABC-TV
May 14, 2010
Robin Roberts interviews Tony-nominated stars Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge <http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/stars-la-cage-aux-folles-10645921>

Kelsey Grammer, Douglas Hodge and Les Cagelles perform “With You On My Arm” <http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/la-cage-aux-folles-stars-perform-10645931>

Jerry Herman tastes success anew with La Cage aux Folles <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jerry-herman-20100526,0,6396167.story>

LOS ANGELES TIMES
By Susan King
May 26, 2010
Three decades ago, Tony Award-winning composer Jerry Herman (“Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame”) went to see the French film “La Cage aux Folles,” a comedy about a gay couple — a manager of a drag nightclub in St. Tropez and his lover, the club’s star attraction — and what happens when the manager’s son brings home his fiancée’s very conservative family.

“I came home and said, ‘This has to be my next musical,’” recalls Herman. “I called my agent and he told me that other people were working on it and I was too late. He was so sorry. But what happened is that they got rid of that group and they wanted to start all over again with me. I always felt it was meant to be.”

Herman starts to laugh. “This is what I told my closest friends: I called each one of them and said, ‘I am going to do a new show that I know has very limited appeal, but I don’t care because I love the material.’ They all laugh now. They said, ‘Limited? We don’t think so.’ It’s just been a beautiful surprise.”

Just like the Les Cagelles performers at the nightclub, the musical has had amazing legs.

The original Broadway production, which ran from 1983-87, starred George Hearn as the flamboyant Albin and Gene Barry as his partner, Georges. It received eight Tony nominations and won six of the awards, including best musical, director (Arthur Laurents), actor (Hearn) and score for Herman.

A 2004-05 Broadway revival didn’t find an audience but won two Tonys, including one for best revival. Then in 2008, a more intimate, scaled-down version directed by Terry Johnson premiered in London and won the Laurence Olivier Award for best musical revival as well as for best actor, for Douglas Hodge as Albin.

That production, also starring Kelsey Grammer as Georges, opened last month on Broadway to great acclaim. The production picked up three Drama Desk awards on Sunday, plus a special award to Herman “for enchanting and dazzling audiences with his exuberant music and heartfelt lyrics for more than half a century.” It will compete for 11 awards at the Tonys on June 13.

Relaxing in the well-appointed living room of his expansive Beverly Hills condo, the 78-year-composer, who won the lifetime achievement Tony last year, says the success of the new “Cage” has been a “remarkable” experience. “It’s the same music, the same lyrics, the same wonderful book by Harvey Fierstein. But it’s totally new. It’s in the perspective of the audience going into a little club.”

To read the complete article, click on the following link:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jerry-herman-20100526,0,6396167.story <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jerry-herman-20100526,0,6396167.story>

Kelsey Grammer on The Rachael Ray Show <http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/five-time-emmyreg-winning-mystery-taster/>
May 25, 2010
Rachael kicks off the summer fun by asking her five-time Emmy®-winning “Mystery Taster” who he would invite to a barbecue. When he says Sam and Lilith, Rachael realizes that Kelsey Grammer, who was just nominated for a Tony Award, is her guest!

“I’m singing and dancing and I’m not really known for that,” says Kelsey about his role in “La Cage Aux Folles” on Broadway. “So that’s a daily challenge for me.” Kelsey’s character owns a glitzy nightclub and is surrounded by guys in drag, including his own life partner, so Rachael asks if he would ever pile on the skirts and makeup like a diva. “Only at home,” Kelsey jokes. “I have great legs.”

Click here to view the appearance
http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/five-time-emmyreg-winning-mystery-taster/ <http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/five-time-emmyreg-winning-mystery-taster/>


Les Cagelles top Out Magazine’s Hot List <http://www.out.com/exclusives.asp?id=26820>
Out Magazine
June/July 2010
#1 Les Cagelles
The birds are back in town!  La Cage aux Folles returned in April, and though star Kelsey Grammer’s name may be the biggest on the marquee, it’s these showstoppers who really dominate. Sean A. Carmon,Terry Lavell, Logan Keslar, Nick Adams, Sean Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Cunningham steal the show as the world famous Cagelles every night at New York City’s Longacre Theatre.
 
Link to photo:
http://www.out.com/exclusives.asp?id=26820
 
Link to Hot List ranking:
http://www.out.com/hotlist2010/index.asp?pagenumber=1
 
 
Link to Out.com behind-the-scenes video at Hot List photo shoot:
http://www.out.com/Video/index.asp?pl=1258518&pro=1281343
 

A Rookie and a Veteran from La Cage <http://www.lohud.com/article/20100525/ENTERTAINMENT/5250302/A-rookie-and-a-veteran-from-La-Cage->

Journal News
By Peter Kramer
May 25, 2010
Christine Andreas and David Nathan Perlow stand side by side during the curtain call at the Longacre Theatre eight shows a week, a diminutive Broadway veteran and a lanky newcomer belting out “The Best of Times” with the rest of the company in “La Cage Aux Folles.”

“La Cage Aux Folles” is just that for the pair: the best of times.

For two-time Tony nominee Andreas — who was raised in Suffern and now calls Croton-on-Hudson home — it’s a return to Broadway after a long absence during which she raised a special-needs son. (Mac, 22, now lives in a Buchanan group home.)

For Perlow, a 2003 graduate of Briarcliff High School whose parents still live in Briarcliff Manor, “La Cage” marks his Broadway debut.

The revival of the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical is nominated for 11 Tony Awards and has won four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including best musical revival.
For complete article: CLICK HERE 

Cue & A: Tony nominee Robin De Jesús <http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/139819-PLAYBILLCOMS-CUE-A-La-Cage-Tony-Nominee-Robin-de-Jess>

Playbill.com
May 25, 2010
Robin De Jesús — Tony Award-nominated for his performance in the current revival of La Cage aux Folles — fills out Playbill.com’s questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
To read the feature: CLICK HERE 

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