Feathers and glitter I get! But I’ve never understood wanting to wear high heels. Although they make your legs look long and luxurious, the feet cramping, back aching, knee wobbling isn’t so pretty. Being a guy gives you the out to this painful accessory. Or so I thought.
Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. On the Riviera, the most glamorous showgirls are showguys! The star of the glitzy drag queens is the legendary Zza-Zza. She leads her *ladies* of the evening in tucking it in, kicking it up, and singing it out. Offstage, Zza-Zza is Albin, the flamboyant partner to the night club owner, Georges. When Georges’ son announces he is marrying the daughter of an ultra-conservative, the family scrambles to dim down their bawdy lifestyle. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES whips ass-slapping gaudy and sentimentally sweet into a frothy, fun frolic!
George Hamilton (Georges) is the headliner of this musical cabaret. A seasoned actor, Hamilton is delightfully adorable as the straight gay man in his cross-dressing world. He and Christopher Sieber (Albin) charm as a loving couple dealing with a sticky situation. Although he delivers dialogue clearly, Hamilton’s singing voice isn’t adequate for his multiple songs. As his better half, Sieber captivates the audience with dazzling moxie. As a man or woman, Sieber sings, zings and dances with undeniable show-stealing fervor. Surrounding him onstage are the Les Cagelles. Assisted by Choreographer Lynne Page and Costume Designer Matthew Wright, these *gals* stun with gender-defying illusion. Their high-energy movements, all in high heels, make me feel inadequate as a woman. Not only can they cartwheel into splits, their toned legs, arms and asses are every girl’s wet dream. I’m glad they are men. Who needs that kind of feminine rivalry?
Sieber and *her ladies* are the reason to see this playful extravaganza. For me, the story gets a little icky with a guy lying to his fiancé AND asking his parents to lie too. Come on! Anything for love? NO! Even though the absurdity has humorous moments, pretending for a freaky conservative is just plain wrong! Still, I enjoyed myself and exited the theatre promising to wear heels and dance more! ‘…Because the best of times is now, is now, is now.’
Someone helping me ‘hold this moment fast’, James describes it with ‘All About Albin.’
Running Time: Two hours and fifty minutes includes an intermission
At Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe
Based on the play “La Cage Aux Folles” by Jean Poiret
Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Orchestrations and musical arrangements by Jason Carr
Directed by Terry Johnson
December 23rd, 24th, 28th, 31st, January 1st at 2pm
December 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th at 7:30pm
December 31st at 8pm
Buy Tickets at www.broadwayinchicago.com
Production photograph courtesy of Paul Kolnik.