LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Plays the Majestic Through 5/13
"Oh my Lord & Taylor!" That's what you might be saying if you're a first-timer at La Cage Aux Folles, currently playing the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. I may have laughed more Tuesday night than I have in the last month!
Probably not a show the far right wing will be thrilled about (though a valuable lesson would be learned), La Cage Aux Folles is a rousing, raucous musical that inspired the Robin Williams and Nathan Lane silver screen comedy, The Birdcage. What happens when a son comes home to his two fathers, who own and operate a drag night club, to announce his engagement to the daughter of the least accepting man in France? Is family more important than public opinion? Threaded through the backdrop of drag and drama queens is the story of a loving family and the real world challenges that are all too familiar to many people.
The legendary George Hamilton leads the cast, but the true star of the show is Christopher Sieber, able to invoke both melancholy and extreme humor with his performance. The ensemble, aka The Cagelles, are all wonderfully talented dancers. While overall, acting is not this show's strong point (save for Sieber), this deficiency is filled by the heart and humor of the story.
One tip if you're catching the show this week: arrive plenty early to experience the comedic pre-show vamps of Lili Whiteass (Todd Lattimore). I promise, neither her vamp nor this show are to be missed.
La Cage Aux Folles is playing the Majestic through May 13, 2012. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or the box office.