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La Cage aux Folles

        

Director                    Pamela Foy

Musical Director        Charles Moss

Choreographer            Linda Millar

 

Cast

Albin Jamie Lester
Georges Leo Appleton
Jean-Michel Daniel Roberts
Jacob Andrew Flaherty
Anne Becky Weymouth
Edouard Dindon Graham McFadyen
Marie Dindon Joan Ashcroft
Jacqueline Maureen Hogan
Francis Andrew Wolfenden
The Cagelles
Chantal Alex McKillop
Monique Bex Kenyon
Derma Claudia Molyneux
Nicole Jess Fairley
Hanna Les Longley
Mercedes Daniel Weymouth
Bitelle Jan McGee
Lo Singh Phil Charles
Odette Laura Birch
Angelique Alex Foy
Phaedra David Johnson
The Townspeople
Monsieur Renaud Patric Mercer
Madame Renaud Pat Kelly
Paulette Jess Fairley
Hercule Robin Leyland
Etienne Darren Hilton
Babette Tricia Suter
Colette Claire Davies
Tabarro Neil Spruce
Tim Foy
Linda Hansen
Roy Hartley
Howard Yates

La Cage Aux Folles review:
‘show a glamorous night out’

Review by Ron Ellis, Southport Champion

La Cage Aux Folles
Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company,
Little Theatre

LA Cage aux Folles is one of the biggest and most expensive shows for amateur companies to stage (over £25k in this case) but the Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company pushed the boat out.

They hired the original costumes from the 1980 Broadway production and West End sets and the audience reaped the benefit with a tremendous night’s entertainment.

The story is one of a deep love that overcomes boundaries and prejudices. Georges, owner of a transvestite nightclub, has lived with his lover, Albin, for over 20 years and together they have brought up a son whom Georges fathered in a one night stand.

But the son wants to marry the daughter of a local politician who is on a crusade against homosexuality. How can Georges present a man as his son’s mother?

There is lots of comedy but it is the music most of all that makes this show with vibrant numbers that you find yourself singing as you leave the theatre. ‘I am what I am’ (a disco hit for Gloria Gaynor), the title song and, most of all, ‘The Best of times is now’. Full praise to M. D. Charles Moss and the 13 piece orchestra.

Couple the music with the energetic exciting dancers (The Cagelles) in their wonderful colourful costumes and you have a great spectacle, choreographed by Linda Miller (sic). Yes, it has shades of Funny Ladies and sometimes it is hard to pick out the men in the chorus line, even during the can-can, until, at the finale, they cast off their wigs to roars of delight from the audience.

I have seen Leo Appleton in many shows over the years but this must be his finest hour as Georges whilst Jamie Lester excelled as he switched between Albin and his alter-ego, the glamorous cabaret star, Zaza. The singing of both men was excellent. Becky Weymouth made a winsome Anne, determined to marry Jean-Michel (Daniel Roberts) against the wishes of her censorious father, Monsieur Dindon (Graham McFadyen) and mother (Joan McGuigan-Ashcroft).

Maureen Hogan was a charming Jacqueline, at whose restaurant Za Za (sic) was unmasked, and Andrew Flaherty gave a totally over-the-top performance as the camp servant, Jacob, howling like a tormented bittern on heat at every turn.

La Cage aux Folles has always been in my top four favourite musicals (the others are Chicago, My Fair Lady and The Boy Friend) and I was not disappointed in this production.

The company are to be congratulated for tackling such a Herculean production and it is to their credit that it will go down as one of the greatest in their long line of successes.

Star Rating: 8 out of 10 A glamorous night out.

 

REVIEW: La Cage aux Folles by the Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company

Janine Yaqoob (Crosby Herald) enjoys the glitz

FALSE eyelashes, fake tan and extravagant outfits - no I’m not talking about the new series of The Only Way Is Essex, this was Waterloo and Crosby Theatre Company’s production of much-loved La Cage aux Folles.

Set against a spectacular West End-imported backdrop, nine months of blood, sweat and tears (mainly from the male cast, who underwent full body waxes in preparation) went into the glittering spectacle. And it was evident for (sic) the outset.

A packed audience at Southport’s Little Theatre were transported to St Tropez amid a haze of sequins, smoke and cross-dressing songbirds.

Pamela Foy’s interpretation of Jean Poiret’s emotionally-driven dissection of the 20-year relationship between same-sex couple Georges and Albin is both hilarious and poignant.

Two men partnered for better-or-worse, their idyllic life is threatened when Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a bigoted politician who wants to close down their transvestite nightclub.

With a visit from the prospective in-laws imminent, Georges agrees to masquerade as ‘normal’, but Albin has other plans.

A spectacular performance was put in by Jamie Lester as Albin/ZaZa.

His comedic timing and flamboyance drew gales of laughter from the audience on numerous occasions.

Energised by on-stage partner Georges (played by Leo Appleton), the pair sustained great chemistry through the three-hour show.

Impressive performances were also put in by Andrew Flaherty as Jacob and Daniel Roberts as Georges’ son Jean-Micheal, who wowed the crowd with a stunning rendition of With Anne On My Arm.

Historically the show started life as a farce, but this was no farce. A stellar performance was put in by each and everyone of the extensive cast.

A £20,000 show for the entry price of a mere £12 - talk about value for money!

           
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