We sent Matthew Jameson to check out the award winning musical La Cage Aux Folles at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
Prepare to be wowed and amazed in this hilarious extravaganza of fun, sequins, and show stopping performances from men, women and the fabulous in-between! Everybody remembers the comedy classic Robin Williams film The Birdcage, but did you know it was based on the multi award winning musical La Cage Aux Folles? Now you can experience the original laugh out loud production following the story of Albin (John Partridge) and Georges (Adrian Zmed) as they come to terms with not only their son, Jean-Michael (Dougie Carter), getting married but their unconditional love for each other. Set in the back drop of France at the hottest spot in town, La Cage Aux Folles, a plan is formed to make sure Jean-Michaels fiancée Anne (Alexandra Robinson) and her right-wing parents don’t discover the true lifestyle off all who abode there.
Having seen John Partridge in Chicago last year I was excited to see him perform again but I was absolutely blown away by his outstanding performance. Every movement and word reflected the character perfectly showing the vulnerability of Albin, but also his strength, pride and emotion in his phenomenal performance of I Am What I Am. A total joy to watch bringing a tear to everyone’s eye, oh and not to forget a killer pair of legs in heels too!
The supporting cast are all brilliant including Samson Ajewole as Jacob the camp house ‘maid’ and Marti Webb as Jacqueline all bringing to life the glamour and glitz of this delightful spectacle. If you like a fabulous fun filled evening you won’t be disappointed, you’ll be singing all the way home and reaching for your best party outfit!
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