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Monday, August 14, 2023

La Cage aux Folles @ Regents Park Open Air Theatre...

Last Friday night Andrew, Kevin, Stuart and I went to see La Cage aux Folles at the Open Air Theatre in London glitzy Regents Park.  

Much camping in the park you might say.   

La Cage aux Folles is a good old fashioned musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. The musical focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his star attraction - and the adventures that ensue when Georges' son brings home his fiancĂ©'s ultra-conservative parents to meet them. Albin is told to tone down his campiness. But he ain’t playing ball. 

So it's basically drag. Lots and lots of drag. Drag and feathers. Drag, feathers, and big production numbers. And we loved it. 

Vocally, movement-wise and visually everything was spot on. And very, very funny. The whole set design, costumes and lighting were irresistible 

We had Billy Carter playing Georges, Carl Mullaney playing Albin and his alter-ego Zaza, and the wonderful Daniele Combe playing Madame Marie Dindon.  As with most productions of La Cage though the maid Jacob steals all his scenes. And it was no different here - whenever Shakeel Kimotho was on stage all eyes were on them. 

Stand out songs were Look Over There, The Best of Times, and of course the rousing I Am What I Am. 

Dated? Sure. Funny? Absolutely. Worth seeing? 100% 


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