La Cage: Harvey Fierstein and Jeffrey Tambor star




Four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Albin) and six-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor (Georges) assume the lead roles of the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles from 15 Feb 2011. They replace original stars Douglas Hodg and Kelsey Grammer, respectively.

Also joining the cast are Mike McShane as 'M. Dindon/M. Renaud' and Tony Award-winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent) as 'Jacob,' who replace original cast members Fred Applegate and Robin de Jesús, respectively.

La Cage aux Folles features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction.

La Cage aux Folles opened at the Longacre Theatre on 18 Apr 2010, following previews from 6 Mar, and is currently selling tickets through to 3 Jul 2011.

The musical opened to excellent reviews: A Wild success (newyorktheatreguide); Warm, winning production (NY Times); Emotionally affecting (AP) Funny, heartwarming and terrific (Variety).

The musical now stars Harvey Fierstein as 'Albin,' Jeffrey Tambor as 'Georges,' Mike McShane as 'M. Dindon/M. Renaud,' Alyce Beasley as 'Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud,' Chris Hoch as 'Francis,' Elena Shaddow as 'Anne,' A.J. Shively as 'Jean-Michel,' Christine Andreas as 'Jacqueline,' Wilson Jermaine Heredia as 'Jacob,' Heather Lindell as 'Colette,' Michael Lowney as 'Etienne' and Bruce Winant as 'Tabarro.'

Also starring as the Cagelles are Matt Anctil as 'Angelique,' Nicholas Cunningham as 'Hanna,' Sean Patrick Doyle as 'Chantal,' Yurel Echezarreta as 'Phaedra,' Logan Keslar as 'Bitelle' and Terry Lavell as 'Mercedes.' The production also features Christopher Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley, Caitlin Mundth and Cheryl Stern.

La Cage aux Folles: Georges is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin, the pair live a charmed life—until Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who’s coming to dinner.

La Cage aux Folles won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson).

La Cage aux Folles features set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Nick Richings and sound design by Jonathan Deans.

La Cage aux Folles played from 23 Nov 2007 to 8 Mar 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, before transferring to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on 30 Oct 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010.

Bios:

Harvey Fierstein (Albin) is a four-time Tony Award-winning writer and actor. His plays include 'Torch Song Trilogy,' 'A Catered Affair,' 'Legs Diamond' and 'Spookhouse.' He won the Humanitas Award for his HBO animated special, “The Sissy Duckling,” which is also available as a children’s book. His acting film and TV credits include "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Independence Day," “Nurse Jackie,” “Cheers”. On Broadway he's starred in 'Hairspray,' 'Fiddler on the Roof,' 'Torch Song Trilogy 'and 'Safe Sex'. Fierstein was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jeffrey Tambor (Georges) made his New York theatre debut in 'Sly Fox,' with George C. Scott, appeared in 'Measure For Measure' (NY Shakespeare Festival), and returned to Broadway in 2005 with 'Glengarry Glen Ross' (Tony for Best Revival of a Play). His film career spans "And Justice For All," "Meet Joe Black," "Pollock," "The Hangover" and "Tangled." His television credits include “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development” and “Max Headroom." and "Entourage.”

Mike McShane (M. Dindon/M. Renaud). “Whose Line is it Anyway UK,” “ER” and “Seinfeld.” McShane has performed on the West End in 'Little Shop of Horrors' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.' Films include "Prince of Thieves," "Office Space," "Tom & Huck" and "Big Trouble."

Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Jacob). Broadway/West End: 'Rent,' (1996 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical, 1999 Olivier Nomination). Film: "Rent 2005," "Descent," "Flawless," "Girl From The Naked Eye," "I Am Bad," "Johnny Was," "Went to Coney Island On A Mission From God," and "Imurders". Television: “Without A Trace,” “Medium,” “Law and Order: SVU,” and “Spin City.”

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