The Bird Cage, the film Robin Williams and Nathan Lane made famous, would never have been possible without a little Tony-Award winning work from Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, La Cage aux Folles. The show (which is the Bird Cage in French just in case anyone is slow to catch on) is currently touring the nation after a strong run on Broadway. These La Cage aux Folles tickets are nothing to dismiss, since the musical comedy is starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber in portrayal of Georges and Albin that have earned rave reviews in every city in which the production has been staged.
Really, the mere fact the national tour remains as fresh as it has is a testament to the work of not only Hamilton and Sieber, but the entire crew, in front and in back of the stage. Hamilton is in his 70s but brings a true vitality to the role of club owner Georges. Sieber actually portrayed Georges opposite Fierstein inn the Broadway production, but on the road he gets to have a little more fun playing Georges life partner and drag queen starlet, Albin.
Hamilton and Sieber are clearly capable of stealing the show, but Michael Lowney has demonstrated he can carry his own as Jean-Michel, the son of Hamiton and the adopted son of Albin. Cathy Newman and Bernard Burak Sheredy do an excellent job bringing the staunch to the unwitting, staunch conservative parents of Jean-Michel’s fiancée Anne, played by Gay Marshall. It is only a matter of time every night before Albin reveals he is really a man and, well before this pivotal part of the musical, the audience is already unable to contain its laughter with each passing pun.
There is not much time left to see La Cage aux Folles on tour, as only shows in Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada remain. This has been an incredible journey and the cast is going to be a little misty-eyed once the evening of the last La Cage tickets comes to its hilarious conclusion.