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Cage aux Folles (La) (1983)

Palace Theatre
Broadway - Etats-Unis

21/08/1983 > 14/11/1987

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Palace Theatre - Broadway - Etats-Unis

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Première Preview: mardi 09 août 1983
Première: dimanche 21 août 1983
Dernière: samedi 14 novembre 1987

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Mise en scène:
Arthur Laurents
Chorégraphie:
Scott Salmon
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1983-08-Original Broadway Cast

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Date de sortie:
1983-08-??
Type de CD:
Stage Cast •
Nombre de CD:
1 pour un total de 15 tracks
Artistes:
Gene Barry, David Cahn, Frank Dipasquale, David Engel, David Evans, Jay Garner, George Hearn, Eric W. Lamp, Merle Louise, Jack Neubeck, Elizabeth Parrish, Jennifer Smith, William Thomas Jr, Mark Waldrop, Jon Weiner
Tracks:
01. Prelude
02. We Are What We Are
03. A Little More Mascara
04. With Anne On My Arm
05. With You On My Arm
06. Song On The Sand (La Da Da Da)
07. La Cage Aux Folles
08. I Am What I Am
09. Song On The Sand
10. Maculinity
11. Look Over There
12. Cocktail Counterpoint
13. The Best Of Times
14. Look Over There
15. The Finale
Commentaires:
For songwriter Jerry Herman, the challenge of a new Broadway musical is to find a fresh way to frame his admittedly old-fashioned, show biz approach to creating traditional entertainment. Through three consecutive flops, Dear World (1969), Mack & Mabel (1974), and The Grand Tour (1979), after his two massive hits Hello, Dolly! (1964) and Mame (1966), Herman failed in that endeavor, meanwhile watching rivals Stephen Sondheim perfect the "concept" musical and Andrew Lloyd Webber the rock musical. But with La Cage aux Folles, Herman became newly current and even politically courageous, to some extent because of events taking place outside the theater. When the French-Italian film adaptation of Jean Poiret's play became a big box office hit in the late †70s, it was a conventional farce with a typically Gallic twist, the old son-of-bohemian-parents-brings-his-fiance-and-her-straitlaced-parents-to-visit story, in this case with the bohemian parents being a gay couple who run a nightclub for female impersonators in St. Tropez. What happened in the years between the film's success and the opening of the musical on August 21, 1983, however, was the AIDS crisis, with the consequent galvanizing of the gay community, especially in New York. Thus, the show became not just a musical comedy, but also a statement of gay pride, with a script by up-and-coming gay playwright Harvey Fierstein and a score by Herman that, even if it was typically tame musically, was full of the same subtext, as, for instance, Albin (George Hearn) defiantly sang the anthem "I Am What I Am," speaking not just for female impersonators on the French Riviera, but for gay people everywhere. And if "The Best of Times" was another of Herman's catchy, yet sing-songy production numbers, its line, "As for tomorrow, well, who knows?," spoke to listeners fearful of imminent death from an untreatable illness. All of which is to say that Herman found that fresh context for his usual shtick, even if it was a dark one. But the context added weight, making La Cage aux Folles the musical more substantial than the play or film. And it helped that Hearn could be both giddy and assertive, while his partner, the TV actor Gene Barry, surprisingly could sing. The result was Herman's biggest hit in years. The 2008 reissue of the cast album contains a bonus track in which the songwriter recalls how he came to work on the show and to write "I Am What I Am." ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi All Music Guide

 

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Version 1

Palace Theatre à Broadway (Original)
Durée : 4 ans 2 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 15 previews - 1761 représentations
Première Preview : mar 09 août 1983
Première : dim 21 août 1983
Dernière : sam 14 novembre 1987
Mise en scène : Arthur Laurents
Chorégraphie : Scott Salmon
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Version 2

Theater des Westens à Berlin (Revival)
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mer 23 octobre 1985
Dernière : Inconnu
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Version 3

Palladium Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 8 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 301 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mer 07 mai 1986
Dernière : sam 31 janvier 1987
Mise en scène : Arthur Laurents
Chorégraphie : Scott Salmon
Avec : Denis Quilley (Georges), George Hearn (Albin), Jonathan Morris (Jean-Michel), Wendy Roe (Anne), Brian Glover (Edouard Dindon), Julia Sutton (Mme Dindon), Phyllida Law (Jacqueline), Donald Waugh (Jacob)
Commentaires : Based on the 1973 play by Jean Poiret, this was a huge risk - Broadway’s first ever gay musical. The first-night audience seemed a little shocked by the opening chorus of transvestite Cagelles, but dutifully applauded. Then came the crunch: a “love scene” between two men, Georges and Albin – openly expressed with physical contact. There were nervous titters. It was dicey, but George Hearn and Gene Barry played as though they were alone with their love. And then Gene sang, so simply, so truly, a love ballad. The audience cheered and applauded.
They were applauding the song, of course, but this applause was an historical moment in musical theatre history. This was the very moment when a gay relationship was accepted on equal terms with every other boy-girl relationship in the world of musical comedy. More followed when, at the end of the first act, Albin, dressed as a drag queen, sang “I Am What I Am”. If he was scared, he didn’t show it. In the wings the whole company was in tears. Much of the audience was in tears. This was another historical moment: a plea for tolerance and liberation, and one that didn’t fall on deaf ears. Broadway’s first “gay musical” turned out to be a 1,176 performance mega-hit.
And yet the London production ran just nine months: the gay bits were not going to shock a London audience. London had seen it all before.
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Version 4

Paper Mill Playhouse à Milburn (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mer 14 septembre 1988
Dernière : dim 23 octobre 1988
Mise en scène : James Pentecost
Chorégraphie : Linda Haberman
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New Wimbledon Theatre à Wimbledon (Revival)
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Version 6

Musical Theatre West à Los Angeles (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
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Première Preview : sam 01 novembre 2003
Première : sam 01 novembre 2003
Dernière : dim 16 novembre 2003
Mise en scène : Nick DeGruccio
Chorégraphie : Lee Martino
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Version 7

Burgfestspiele à Jagsthausen (Revival)
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Version 8

Marquis Theatre à Broadway (Revival)
Durée : 6 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 31 previews - 229 représentations
Première Preview : jeu 11 novembre 2004
Première : jeu 09 décembre 2004
Dernière : dim 26 juin 2005
Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
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Version 9

Menier Chocolate Factory à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 2 mois
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Première Preview : jeu 27 novembre 2008
Première : mar 08 janvier 2008
Dernière : sam 08 mars 2008
Mise en scène : Terry Johnson
Chorégraphie : Lynn Page
Avec : Philip Quast (Georges), Douglas Hodge (Albin) , Neil McDermott (Jean-Michel), Alicia Davies (Anne), Ian Mitchell (Edouard Dindon), Una Stubbs (Mme Dindon), Tara Hugo (Jacqueline), Jason Pennycooke (Jacob)
Commentaires : This scaled-down fringe production opened to a mostly positive press, with rave notices for Douglas Hodge’s performance. After a total sell-out season, it was revived at the Playhouse in October for what was announced as a strictly limited 12 week run.
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Version 10

Playhouse Theatre à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 1 an 2 mois
Nombre : 8 previews - 517 représentations
Première Preview : lun 20 octobre 2008
Première : jeu 30 octobre 2008
Dernière : sam 02 janvier 2010
Mise en scène : Terry Johnson
Chorégraphie : Gillian Lynne
Avec : Denis Lawson (Georges), Douglas Hodge (Albin), Stuart Neil (Jean-Michel), Alicia Davies (Anne), Ian Mitchell (Edouard Dindon), Paula Wilcox (Mme Dindon), Tracie Bennett (Jacqueline), Jason Pennycooke (Jacob)
Commentaires : After a total sell-out season at the Menier Chocolate Factory, it was revived at the Playhouse in October for what was announced as a strictly limited 12 week run. There were some cast changes for this transfer, significantly with Denis Lawson as Georges. This transfer was hugely successful so the three months was extended, and in order to boost the box office and cope with a series of extensions, the leading roles were regularly re-cast every three months. In January 2009 the replacements were Graham Norton (Albin) and Steven Pacey (Georges); in May Roger Allam played Albin and Philip Quast reprised his original role as Georges; in September John Barrowman and Simon Burke played Albin and Georges respectively; and for the final months Douglas Hodge and Denis Lawson returned to end what had been a triumphant run. It finally closed on January 2nd 2010. The production won an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Douglas Hodge won the Best Actor Award.
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Version 11

Longacre Theatre à Broadway (Revival)
Durée : 1 an 1 semaine
Nombre : 15 previews - 433 représentations
Première Preview : mar 06 avril 2010
Première : dim 18 avril 2010
Dernière : dim 01 mai 2011
Mise en scène : Terry Johnson
Chorégraphie : Lynn Page
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