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Sunday, December 4, 2011

La Cage aux Folles presented by Vancouver Playhouse

In all the joyful laughter, at the heart of this play is a story of family value and the assertion of who we are.

Let me introduce to you my favorite play so far during this season – La Cage aux Folles, presented by Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, based on the play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret.
We attended the opening night performance and were absolutely blown away by the music, the lyrics, and all the amazing casts.
And a brilliant bonus for me: Kelsey Grammer from my favorite show Frasier used to play the lead role of this musical so I was able to enjoy his performance on youtube as well.

p.s. I believe I was somehow recognized by one of the guest as a blogger at the opening night party. I feel very humbled and honored and I apologize for being too shy and not knowing what to answer.

Here is something about the show that you might want to know:

La Cage aux Folles is based on the 1973 French farce by Jean Poiret. The original French production premiered at the Theatre du Palais-Royal on February 1, 1973. A French-Italian film of the play was made in 1978 followed by two sequels in 1980 and 1985. In 1983, Poiret’s play was adapted as a musical and in 1996 it was re-filmed in English as The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

The original Broadway musical production premiered on August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre and closed on November 15, 1987 after 1,761 performances. The musical premiered in London in May, 1986 at the London Palladium and closed after only 301 performances. Its short run and financial failure were partly blamed on the AIDS crisis.
La Cage aux Folles was subsequently revived in 2004 on Broadway and in 2008 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the West End in October, 2008. It was this London revival that transferred to Broadway officially opening at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010. The production closed on May 1, 2011. The Tony Award winning revival of La Cage aux Folles kicked off its US national tour in Des Moines, Iowa on October 12, 2011.
The original production of La Cage aux Folles won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Leading Actor in a Musical (George Hearn), Best Costume Design, and Best Direction of a a Musical (Arthur Laurents). The revivals have garnered a total of 11 major awards including Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk and Drama League awards for Best Revival of a Musical.

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