Before the show even begins, you know you’re in for a “special” evening at The Fox with “La Cage Aux Folles.” The orchestra pit is turned into night club seating (the show’s orchestra is split between two small balconies on stage) and without giving anything away, the show has a warm-up unlike anything you’ve experienced before at The Fox.
Headliner George Hamilton is as suave as ever as Georges, a gay nightclub owner on the French Riviera. Hamilton’s singing voice is not impressive, but he gives the role a credible, sincere turn and it works. Stealing the evening is Broadway veteran Christopher Sieber as Albin, the transvestite partner of Hamilton’s character. The role of Albin calls for a consummate comedic performer, and Sieber is all that, plus he has a remarkable singing voice and notable acting abilities that really make him come across as a human being, not just a clown. It’s a key element to making this musical work.
This is a show about sexual orientation and alternate life styles. When the son of Georges shows up to introduce his fiance, the daughter of a very conservative local politician, choices must be made about what can be revealed. “La Cage Aux Folles” does a splendid job of handling that quandary and delivering the basic message that in all aspects of life, we shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are, and that our values as human beings cover more than one aspect of our lives.
The choreography and energy of this production is impressive. Supporting roles are all excellent. “La Cage Aux Folles” is at The Fox through January 15th. It is a sensational show with a terrific cast, color, comedy and overall, a racy romp.
By the way, on the way into the front doors of The Fox, there was a very tall chorus performer in 5 inch heels with a clipboard talking to the arriving ticket holders and posing for pictures. It’s the only time you’ll see a chorus “girl” who can dunk.