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La Cage Aux Folles announces additional casting

Friday, 19 February 2010

Joining five-time Emmy Award-winner Kelsey Grammer as Georges and Olivier Award-winner Douglas Hodge as Albin will be A.J. Shively, a recent University of Michigan graduate, making his Broadway debut as Jean-Michel; Tony nominee Veanne Cox (Company, Caroline, or Change) as Mme. Dindon/Mme. Renaud; Tony-nominee Robin de Jesús (In the Heights) as Jacob; two-time Tony nominee Christine Andreas (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) as Jacqueline; Elena Shaddow (Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman in White, Fanny at Encores!) as Anne; Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Shrek the Musical) as Francis; Heather Lindell (Hairspray) as Colette; Bill Nolte (The Producers, 1776) as Tabarro and David Nathan Perlow (White Noise) as Etienne.

Also starring as the notorious and dangerous Cagelles will be Nick Adams (A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Chicago), Nicholas Cunningham (La Cage aux Folles/West End), Sean Patrick Doyle (Fiddler on the Roof national tour, Wig Out!), Yurel Echezarreta (West Side Story), Terry Lavell (Hairspray/Las Vegas, Smokey Joe’s Café/national tour) and Logan Keslar (West Side Story/West End, On the Town/Paper Mill Playhouse). The production also features Christophe Caballero, Todd Lattimore, Dale Hensley and Cheryl Stern.

More casting will be announced soon. Rehearsals begin Monday, March 1.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES begins previews on Tuesday, April 6 and opens on Sunday, April 18 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). The production is now on sale through at 212-239-6200 or at Also visit for the production’s newly launched website, including a special video introduction from Kelsey Grammer and the Cagelles.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This freshly reconceived production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson.

Georges (Kelsey Grammer) is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin (Douglas Hodge), the pair live a charmed life—until Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who’s coming to dinner.

Douglas Hodge and Nicholas Cunningham are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

The original production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was one of Broadway’s biggest hits of the 1980s. It opened August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre, where it played for over four years and 1,761 performances. The show won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical, Best Score (Jerry Herman) and Best Book (Harvey Fierstein).

The new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES played from November 23, 2007 to March 8, 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning across the board raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.

“A glorious night of showbiz razzle dazzle!” exclaimed Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph. “At last a musical to sweep away those credit-crunch blues. This joyous show deserves every hurrah and standing ovation it receives.” “Suddenly, the West End sparkles,” cheered Sam Marlowe, The Times. “Sew on a sequin, slip into some heels and go.”

The production features set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Matthew Wright, wig and makeup design by Richard Mawbey, lighting design by Nick Richings and sound design by Gareth Owen. Orchestrations and Musical Supervision are by Jason Carr.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Fran and Barry Weissler and Edwin W. Schloss, Robert G. Bartner, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise the Roof 4/Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor, Jerry Frankel, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak.

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