George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber are in town with their Tony Award winning performance of La Cage Aux Folles now playing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Undoubtedly, besides the lure of a nostalgic production (most of us are familiar with the eponymous Birdcage film starring Robin Williams) the reason many will purchase tickets to this show is to see George Hamilton. The problem is, his performance as Georges falls flat from beginning to end.
The above being said, do not let Mr. Hamilton’s lackluster performance stop you from going to see La Cage. Christopher Sieber as Albin/ZaZa more than makes up for the price of admission.
For those of you unfamiliar with the movie or the book, the story takes place in St. Tropez in the not-so-distant past, over a couple of nights. It’s about family dynamics, no matter the make up of the family—a gay couple and their son, the couple and their outlandish (and truly enjoyable) butler and the couple and their co-workers, here known as “Les Cagelles” a group of talented drag queens.
Jerry Herman’s music and lyrics will keep you humming and tapping along in your seats. Likewise, when Mr. Sieber sings “I Am What I Am” at the end of Act 1, he sings it with such emotion and passion that one can’t help but want to accept him—it speaks to everyone within ear shot.
As part of the audience, you are both audience for La Cage the play, and La Cage the drag cabaret. To get you in the right state of mind, make sure you get to the theatre on time—there you’ll be greeted by Lili Whiteass, your sassy master of ceremonies as it were (who will call you out- comedy club style if you are late). She gets the entire audience involved with questions and wisecracks. Whiteass is a great addition to the show.
La Cage Aux Folles plays now through November 18. For tickets visit: Mirvish