Fountain Hills Theater set to open ‘La Cage Aux Folles’

Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of the Jerry Herman hit musical, “La Cage Aux Folles” Jan. 22 and continuing through Feb. 7.
The musical comedy served as the basis for the Robin Williams’s film “The Birdcage.” But before there was the popular movie, there was “La Cage Aux Folles.”

From left, Roger Prenger as Georges, and Patrick Russo as Albin in “La Cage Aux Folles.”

From left, Roger Prenger as Georges, and Patrick Russo as Albin in “La Cage Aux Folles.”

In “La Cage Aux Folles,” cultures collide with comedic results. The “come as you are” musical tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse, Zaza.

When Georges’s son brings home his fiancée’s conservative parents to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test.
“La Cage Aux Folles” is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves.

The original 1983 Broadway production of “La Cage Aux Folles” received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The 2004 Broadway revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival and the 2008 London revival garnered the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

The 2010 Broadway revival was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

“La Cage Aux Folles” is produced by Patty Torrilhon and Patricia Tonzi and directed by Peter J. Hill.

The show is choreographed by Noel Irick, musically directed by Jay Melberg and costumed by Mickey Courtney.

“La Cage Aux Folles” stars Bill Bennett, Mark Burkett. Jean-Paoul Clemente, Sky Donovan, Laura Dooley, Michael Druckman, Jennifer Harrington, Allyson Iglieski, Kendra Lytle, Henry Male, Dan Marburger, Matt McDonald, Stephani McDonald, Erin McFeely, Hal Morgan, Jeremiah Power, Roger Prenger, Manny Quijada, Jay J. Rangel, Tina Reynolds, Patrick Russo and J. T. Turner.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A reception will be held on opening night for all those attending that evening, featuring free appetizers and soft drinks.

Individual tickets are $33 for adults and $28 for youth 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5 discount on all Thursday performances.

All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at 480-837-9661, Ext. 3.

Box Office Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.fhtaz.org.

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