Stage Review

La Cage Aux Folles (2004)

Details Opening Date: Dec 09, 2004; Lead Performance: Gary Beach

La Cage Aux Folles is a show about homosexuals your most conservative grandmother could love — as cuddly, harmless, and rainbow bright as a Care Bear. This revival of the 1984 Tony winner for Best Musical plays up the show's essential flaws: a mediocre score (virtually all of Jerry Herman's songs sound the same) and book, with Harvey Fierstein's Borscht Belt gay humor compounded here by Jerry Zaks' ham-handed direction. The terrific Gary Beach does transvestite Albin justice (even if his performance is a dead-on impersonation of Nathan Lane), and the chorus of Les Cagelles overcome the Rockette choreography with pure zeal (and some very fetching costumes); based on the standing ovation at a recent performance, a man in a dress still goes a long way. On the other hand, you could just rent The Birdcage and save a bundle.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints