La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles

by  Jean Poiret, Harvey Fierstein, Jerry Herman

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 3f

Much revived, most recently in a 2010 production transferred to Broadway from London's Menier Chocolate Factory, La Cage Aux Folles remains one of the all time biggest hits, adding new dimension to the boulevard comedy.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Much revived, most recently in a 2010 production transferred to Broadway from London's Menier Chocolate Factory, La Cage Aux Folles remains one of the all time biggest hits, adding new dimension to the boulevard comedy. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the 'family business': Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the "star" performer 'Zaza'. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! Best Revival of a Musical - 2010 Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2010 Drama Desk Award
    WINNER! Best Revival of a Musical - 2005 Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2005 Drama Desk Award
    WINNER! Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical - 1984 Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! Outstanding New Broadway musical - 1984 Outer Critics Circle
    WINNER! Outstanding Music - 1984 Drama Desk Award

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"This is Jerry Herman's best musical yet--happier, more assertive, more buoyant than
Hello Dolly! or Mame." - The New York Post, Read More

"The schmaltziest, most old fashioned major musical since Annie. Highly enjoyable." - The New York Times, Read More

"Carry your maiden aunt off to La Cage aux Folles...It's a family show, a glittering, fast stepping extravaganza."-New York Daily News, Read More

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Videos

  • La Cage Aux Folles - 2010 Tony Awards
  • La Cage Aux Folles - Playbill Highlights
  • I Am What I Am - Douglas Hodge
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Setting: St. Tropez, France. Summer.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Prelude
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We Are What We Are
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A Little More Mascara
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With Anne On My Arm
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With You On My Arm
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Song On The Sand
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La Cage Aux Folles
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I Am What I Am
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Entr'acte
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Song On The Sand (Reprise)
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Masculinity
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Look Over There
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Cocktail Counterpoint
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The Best of Times
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Look Over There (Reprise)
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La Cage Aux Folles (Reprise)
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Finale
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Casting

7m, 3f

ALBIN: Male 45-55 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
A performer of star quality; mature; great powerhouse of a Broadway voice; fine comic actor

GEORGES: Male, 50’s (Range: G2-F4)
A star; mature and attractive; good singer; energetic, loving and caring; must move well

JEAN-MICHEL: Male, 20 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
Handsome; brunette; masculine, well-mannered, educated; desperately in love with his fiancee, Anne; acts, sings, and moves well

JACOB: Male, Early 20’s (Range: Bb2-Ab4)
Black male butler/maid; brilliant comedian who sings and moves well

ANNE: Female, 18-21 (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Jean-Michel's fiancee; lovely to look at; spunky; a superb dancer who acts well

EDOUARD DINDON: Male, Early 50’s (Range:Bb2-Eb4)
Anne's father; right-wing radical politician; pompous; quirky; must sing, move well, and be a fine comedian

MARIE DINDON: Female, Late 40’s (Range: F4-A5)
Anne's mother; 48-52, shy, retiring, sexually repressed and sex-starved; good singer and actress who moves well; must look great in a leotard for the finale

JACQUELINE: Female, Middle Age (Range: B3-F5)
Mature, female friend of Georges and Albin; owns a chic restaurant; attractive, charming; very theatrical; not necessarily a singer

RENAUD: Male, Middle Age (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Mature, male friend of Georges and Albin; owns a small cafe; understudies both of the 2 leads

FRANCIS: Male, 40’s (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Male stage manager in Georges' club; strong actor/dancer

THE LES CAGELLES (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
Chantal, Monique, Dermah, Nicole, Hanna, Mercedes, Bitelle, Lo Singh, Odette, Angelique, Phaedra, Clo-Clo

TOWNSPEOPLE (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
Madame Renaud, Paulette, Hercule, Etienne, Babette, Colette, Tabarro, Pepe


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Cast Attributes

  • Drag performance
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus a chorus of 10 males and 2 females

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor/Keyboard 2
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Woodwind 1 ( Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Bb Clarinet)
Woodwind 2 ( Bb Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bb Bass Clarinet)
Trumpet
Trombone
Drums (Drum Kit, Timpani, Triangle, Shaker, Wood Blocks, Gong, Glockenspiel)
Keyboard 1
Double Bass

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Authors

Jean Poiret

Jean Poiret

Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at La Mama ETC in 1971 in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 Off-Off-Broadway productions before he began his career as a playwright. Early works like Flatbush Tosca and Cobra Jewels led to his underground hit, Torch Song ...

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Jerry Herman

Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles are home to some of the most popular, most-often performed and most successful musical hero(in)es of all time, and have given Jerry Herman the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 cons ...

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opened at The Palace Theatre in New York City on August 21, 1983. It was directed by Arthur Laurents.

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