VERO BEACH - Riverside Theatre presents one of Broadway’s great musicals, La Cage aux Folles, from March 10-29.
La Cage Aux Folles, one of Broadway’s all-time biggest hits, is the winner of multiple Tony Awards including best musical in 1984 and best musical revival in 2005 and 2010. It features music by Jerry Herman and writing by Harvey Fierstein.
Set in St. Tropez on the French Riviera, La Cage aux Folles is a successful drag nightclub owned by Georges and starring his partner of more than twenty years, Albin, as the irrepressible drag queen Zaza.
One day Georges’ son, Jean-Michel, announces he is in love with Anne and is engaged to be married. Jean-Michel would like Anne’s parents to meet Georges, but confesses he has told them that Georges is a retired diplomat and not the owner of a drag nightclub. Anne’s parents are ultra-conservatives behind the push to close down clubs like La Cage aux Folles.
Based on a French play by Jean Poiret, La Cage aux Folles became a successful French film in 1978. La Cage aux Folles opened on Broadway in 1983 and ran for more than four years.
An American version of the French film, The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, was released in 1996 and became an international hit.
Riverside Theatre’s production of La Cage aux Folles is directed and choreographed by DJ Salisbury and stars James Beaman (Albin), James Patterson (Georges), David Hess (Edouard Dindon), Jenny Hill (Madame Dindon), Matthew Patrick Quinn (Frances), Rachel Hafell (Anne), Bruce Landry (Jean-Michel), Kathy St. George (Jacqueline), Jesse Jones (Jacob), and Peter Constantine Ermides (Monsieur Renaud).
La Cage aux Folles performs March 10-29. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (772) 231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.
Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.