RISE AND SHINE BROADWAY FANS! You are waking up each day to New York Broadway Tours‘ Top 30 Tony Awards countdown showcasing some of our favorite show stopping numbers from Broadway shows in the past telecasts. As you may know, we are only 26 days away from Broadway’s biggest night.
At #26 today on our countdown, we take you down to a French nightclub filled with sexy showgirls that are actually men. And one of those showgirls is secretly in love with the manager of the club. We are of course talking about Jerry Herman’s musical classic LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, which in addition was also co-written by Broadway favorite Harvey Fierstein. It’s well known as the first few Broadway Musicals to have Drag Queens on stage.
From the 1984 telecast, Tony winner George Hearn and the company perform the show’s opening WE ARE WHAT WE ARE which later gets turned into the powerful Act 1 finale anthem I AM WHAT I AM.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES premiered at Broadway’s Palace Theatre in 1983 running for a total of 1,776 performances. It was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 1984 winning 6 of them including Best Musical. It was later revived twice. The first revival played Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (starring Tony nominee Gary Beach) in 2004 for a total of 260 performances. It was nominated for 4 Tony Awards in 2005 winning 2 including Best Revival of a Musical. The most recent revival of La Cage Broadway played the Longacre Theatre in 2010 (starring Kelsey Grammar) running for a total of 458 performances. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards that very same year winning 3 including (again) for Best Revival of A Musical.
Isn’t this show funny, romantic, and dark?!