In a world full of troublesome world leaders and speculation revolving around the acceptance of sexuality La Cage is here to provide a glimmer of hope.
La Cage was originally a French stage farce during the ’70s and then turned into an 1978 Academy Award nominated movie with the same name. The musical then developed in 1982 after the success of the film that then premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston a year later. The musical ran away with six Tony awards; it even opened on the same year as Les Miserables and Starlight Express. Now this musical sensation is touring the UK to add some glamour to your night.
The cast tonight stars the incredibly talented John Partridge as Albin and the experienced Adrian Zmed as husband Georges. Samson Ajewole plays sassy maid Jacob, Dougie Carter stars as Georges’ son, Jean-Michele and Alexandra Robinson plays his fiance Anne. Paul F Monaghan plays the role as the homophobic Dindon and Su Douglas plays his suffering wife Marie. Jon De Ville plays nightclub employee Francis. And the outstanding Marti Webb plays Jacqueline who owns the restaurant with the same name as her. Along with the talent of the backing dancers this cast seems to be carefully chosen with Partridge being a smart move.
The first act introduces us to the show and becomes immediately inviting as it consistently shines throughout. It is a beautiful mixture of musical numbers, stand up comedy and impressive dance routines. The second act is focused more on the story with “The Best of Times” being the highlight of the night. Partridge does an absolutely amazing job at keeping the entertainment rolling and Zmed is ever so charming. The backing dancers added such vibrant decoration and superb talent. The story involving the relationship between Albin and Georges is engrossing to watch when introducing Jean-Michele’s marriage scenario.
I wouldn’t expect anything else from La Cage as the costumes are extremely glamorous and colourful. The stage set up is superb as well giving you a somewhat Las Vega nightclub feel to the show. Musically this was oozing with camp, catchy tunes that are addictive to listen to. The production is absolutely spectacular as it will lighten up your day along with the stage. What I enjoy about the production how you actually feel like you’re a part of the performance. The nightclub scenes invite you to feel like you’re a part of the play.
La Cage Aux Folles is visually stunning and wonderfully camp. The singing, dancing and the story are just magnificent and the audience interaction made this such a heartwarming experience. This is something that theatregoers and the LGBT community should definitely consider watching as it will make you laugh and shed a few tears. Partridge and Zmed are amazing together with their personalities sparkling more than their costumes. La Cage Aux Folles sends out a great message that we’re all human no matter what. This is a different musical experience like no other and you’ll be left singing ‘Song On The Sand’ all the way home.
La Cage Aux Folles will be at Birmingham Hippodrome until the 20th May and you can purchase tickets here.