La Cage aux Folles NYC Review

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Longacre Theater

220 West 48th Street

Two hours and 40 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission

April 18, 2010 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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Anyone reading a La Cage Aux Folles NYC review is sure to want to rush to Broadway and catch this musical. The production brings the 5 time Emmy Award winning actor Kelsey Grammer to the stage for his break out musical debut on The Great White Way. Mr. Grammer plays alongside the Oliver winning actor Douglas Hodge with amazing chemistry. The West End production of the hit musical comedy took audience and critics by storm with its huge energy, laughs and flamboyant nature. La Cage aux Folles includes the Tony Award-winning score of Jerry Herman with such memorable songs as "The Best Of Times" and "I Am What I Am" as well as a book by the notable Harvey Fierstein. The musical opened spring 2010 and has quickly become the most promising show for all of Broadway this year.

As far as a La Cage aux Folles NYC review goes, this is simply a wonderful show which should not be missed by anyone who loves theater. The touching story of a family's struggle to stay together while trying not to lose touch with who they truly are. Kelsey Grammer was nominated for a Tony Award for his work as Georges, a charismatic as well as the fun-loving nightclub owner which is pulled off brilliantly. The interaction between Grammer and Hodge's character of a drag queen named Albin is many times simply magical to watch. The two play off each other in charming ways which helps to deliver many brilliant comedic moments.

"La Cage" had an original stint on Broadway back in 1983 where it was downplayed by critics for being old-fashioned although it's dancing drag queens offered quite a bit of relevance to the era. The original production won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and produced a four year run. The song “I Am What I Am,” was released by Gloria Gaynor and become a symbol of the times as well as an anthem to for the gay community of the time period. "La Cage" also enjoyed a revival about six years ago on Broadway and the La Cage Aux Folles NYC review once again was not shed in great light but still the revival production took home 2 Tony Awards but only lasted 6 months in its run.

So while the last two Broadway productions of this musical seem to fall a bit flat with the La Cage Aux Folles NYC review one must ask themselves why are audiences falling in love with this splashy and fresh revival? Well, for one the promotion as an import from the Menier Chocolate Factory in London where this production had great success helps a bit with the buzz. Still the original London cast has pretty much all been replaced including the two main characters played by Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge, however, having a beloved television star such as Mr. Grammar making a Broadway musical debut will only help with the draw. Throw in the songs of Jerry Herman, who knows a thing or two about creating memorable Broadway show tunes, and you have exactly what it takes to get audiences to fill a theater.

La Cage aux Folles is playing at the Longacre Theater in an open-ended run. The musical comedy opened on April 18, 2010 and has already broken the theatre's house record for weekly gross for the third time. Audiences are falling in love with the new and freshly conceived production which leaves any past negative La Cage aux Folles NYC review dated and not relevant to the revamping of a popular musical which is sure to enjoy great success on Broadway for a long time!

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