George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber star in the Tony Award winning musical, “La Cage Aux Folles”. In 2010 this theatre blogger saw La Cage it on Broadway with Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer. That year they won three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. When I heard the traveling cast was hitting the State Theatre I was thrilled.
“La Cage Aux Folles” takes place in Saint-Tropez, France. It depicts the story of a couple, George (a nightclub owner) and his partner Albin (who stars as Zaza). Everything about their life changes when George’s son brings home his fiancé and her conservative parents.
Opening night was packed to the brim. The age ranged from young and old. Among the patrons were theatre stars from the Twin Cities including Aleks Knezevich who recently starred in,”H.M.S Pinafore” and Craig Daniel Stastny who is currently the lead in, “Rocky Horror”.
In order to make a musical a true triple threat there must be elements of song, dance, and acting. This production had just that. The Cagelles dance up a storm. Each time they hit the stage I was mesmerized by their high kicks, gymnastics, gaudy costumes, and large wigs.
I’ve seen Christopher Sieber on Broadway in, Shrek, Into the Woods, and Spamalot. He is a diverse actor and never ceases to amaze. His portrayal of Albin was impeccable. The moment he started singing, “I am what I am” tears rolled down my cheeks. The raw emotion it evokes is unbelievable. Standing on the stage with a spotlight and pouring out his heart crosses so many boundaries and can apply to anyone’s life.
George Hamilton is a name that stretches from Hollywood to Broadway. The moment he stepped on stage the audience was in a trance. His elegant swagger and perfect tan kept everyone’s attention.
You know you have a hit on your hands when the audience is engaged. “La Cage” was filled with laughter, tears, and audience participation. The song, “The Best of Times” was another hit. The lyrics, “so hold this moment fast, and live and love as hard as you know how. And make this moment last, because the best of times is now, is now” had people singing along (myself included).
When leaving the show there were many laughs and smiles on faces among the crowd. The choice to have the show at the State Theatre was brilliant. The old historic theatre with chandeliers and beautiful décor made the musical all the better. For a night of sheer pleasure head down to the State Theatre from Oct 18-23rd and see La Cage Aux Folles.