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La Cage Aux Folles

Posted on June 15, 2024

On this day in 1983, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES began its pre-Broadway tryout at the Colonial.
Adapted from Jean Poiret’s French play and subsequent film, the musical was composed by #JerryHerman and written by #HarveyFierstein. It was directed by #ArthurLaurents, and starred Gene Barry and George Hearn.
The musical tells the story of couple Georges and Albin, and is credited as the first major Broadway musical centered on a queer relationship. The show's act one finale, "I Am What I Am," became a worldwide hit.
The show was so popular, the Colonial’s box office stayed open all night to accommodate the demand for tickets. They served coffee and donuts in the lobby for those waiting.
The show then went on to Broadway, playing at the Palace Theater in New York where it ran for 4 years and 1,761 performances. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won six, including the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Photo: George Hearn and Gene Barry surrounded by the cast of La Cage aux Folles on the Colonial's Grand Staircase.