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Donald Trump Eyeing Role in La Cage aux Folles?

Written by Maya Cantu

For Donald Trump, it may not be enough to have accumulated billions as a real estate mogul. A possibly Broadway-bound musical version of his hit reality TV show, The Apprentice, is already in the works. Now, as reported by New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, it appears as if the Don has set his sights on Broadway stardom; he has been approached to play Edouard Dindon--the conservative, homophobic--and yes, very rich--father of Angela Gaylor's character in the La Cage aux Folles revival.

Michael Mulheren is currently playing the LePen-like politician, and Trump would step in after Mulheren leaves the show. While Trump has had offers in the past, La Cage producer Marty Richards means business. According to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, Trump is said to be seriously mulling over the idea. The question remains as to whether or not Trump can sing and dance, but Dindon isn't a role that is heavy on either skill. However, Trump might want to borrow a dress from new wife Melania and practice parading in front of his mirror--the role requires full drag in the second act.

Donald Trump is a household name for his riches, but recently became a television celebrity with his cutthroat reality show The Apprentice, in which ambitious young professionals compete to become assistants to Trump. The book of the musical version is being written by Mark Burnett, who co-produces the NBC show with Trump.

La Cage aux Folles, the revival of Jerry Herman's and Harvey Fierstein's 1983 Tony-winning musical celebration of gay identity and tolerance, is currently running at the Marquis Theatre. It stars Gary Beach as flamboyant Albin, Daniel Davis as the more reserved Georges, Gavin Creel as Albin's son Jean-Michel and Angela Gaynor as Jean-Michel's fiancee, Anne. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks, and the dazzling routines of the Les Cagelles dancers are choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

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