THIRTEEN to Air BIRDCAGE, FIDDLER, More on Reel 13
"The Birdcage," director Mike Nichols' Americanized adaptation of Jean Poiret's popular French farce "La Cage Aux Folles" (with a screenplay by Nichols' former comic partner Elaine May, based on the play and the original 1978 French film's screenplay by Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, and Poiret), airs on Reel 13 on Saturday, September 14.
Besides the original French film version, which spawned no less than two cinematic sequels, the play also served as the basis for the Jerry Herman musical hit. Nichols' film is not a musical, but includes incidental songs by Stephen Sondheim and others. The series is pre-empted on September 7 for special programming.
Very much a musical, the worldwide hit "Fiddler on the Roof" also airs during the month (Sept. 21) with its popular songs by Jerry Boch and Sheldon Harnick intact.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch aClassic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
"The Birdcage" (1996) Dir: Mike Nichols
"Rachel Getting Married" (2008) Dir: Jonathan Demme