La Cage aux Folles is a show to bring out the flamboyant, the ostentatious and over the top staging with just the right amount of thought provoking dilemmas gay couples face when disparate worlds collide. Based on the original play by Jean Poiret and set in St. Tropez it had Broadway written all over it.
And in the early 1983 the fabulous and frivolous production opened on Broadway, ran for four years and went on to win awards galore. I remember that production well enjoying it on a hot June night when the glammed up crowd fluffed up their feathers and glistened with sequins to laugh and cry with this story. It later became a movie called the Birdcage set in Miami with the late Robin Williams showing another side to his broad range of acting talents.
Yes, La Cage aux Folles can take its story around the world and find a sympathetic audience almost anywhere and Canberra in November is where Supa Productions is going to give it a good outing. Director Garrick Smith has even allowed his magnificent arctic white fur coat to be the drop dead showpiece for Albin played by Ben O’Reilly. In fact Smith’s wardrobe is chokkers with fabulous tailored and sequinned pieces I wish I could fit!
So here we were as guests of Supa Productions for some very French pastries, macarons and a launch, gathered in anticipation for a vision of Albin as Zaza in stilettos, the slinky body hugging crepe frock, eyelashes to outdo Coralie Wood and over the top make-up and wig as she sashayed seductively down the staircase at The Crowne Plaza singing the signature tune from the show I Am What I Am, flinging that coat as if it belonged to her.
We’re going to love Albin. And Zaza. The wigs the costumes the attitude and the full gamut of emotions required will be fun. Gorgeous Georges, owner and MC of their St Tropez nightclub played by Jarrad West, is a perfect foil for his star and partner of 20 years, drag performer Zaza.
Supa Productions La Cage aux Folles 7-22 November at ANU Arts Centre, bookings 6257 1950