La Cage Aux Folles
By Alyssa Zakaryan La Cage Aux Folles is filled with snappy jokes, attitude, long legs and feather boas. Kelsey Grammer plays Georges, owner of the nightclub La Cage Aux Folles. He is married to the star of the club Albin — known onstage as Zaza — played by Douglas Hodge. Grammer and Hodge work very well together, making their characters’ 20-year marriage seem very authentic.
Georges has a son, Jean-Michelle, who was raised by Albin because his birth mother left when he was four years old. When Jean-Michelle falls in love with a woman and proposes to her, he wants to introduce the families. The only problem — his fiancée’s parents are not only conservative, but are trying to shut down Georges and Albin’s beloved club. In a desperate attempt to hide his family, Jean-Michelle begs everyone to “straighten up” — which means that Albin has to leave the picture.
The musical leaves you not only with laughter, but with questions that make you reevaluate who a mother is—is it someone who gives birth to you or is it the person who takes care of you, stays up with you when you’re sick, and sacrifices for your benefit?
TICKETS: $36.50 student rush • Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.