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La Cage Aux Folles Tour Reviewed – Should you see it?

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Last Sunday I went to see George Hamilton and Chris Sieber star in one of my favorite shows, La Cage Aux Folles. Although I loved the choreography, singing and dancing in other versions that I’ve seen, this cast fell short in soo many ways.

La Cage Aux Folles brought us amazing songs like Put a Little More Mascara On, I am What I am and The Best of Times. Unfortunately this cast could not pull off a single one of them. The Best of Times was flat, nobody sang out or really hit a solid note to make you smile or want to cry with I am What I am. The tap dancing you expect with the show basically didn’t exist and the actors couldn’t pull you in. It was the very first show I have ever seen that did not get a full standing ovation at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

George Hamilton is a bit older, probably to old for the part, but he did do an ok job. It wasn’t the best performance, mainly because he reminded me of Bob Barker hosting The Price is Right instead of a drag queen nightclub owner dating a star. I have seen and heard much better performances from Chris Sieber before which is why I was shocked to see such a bad show from him. I was hoping that at least he could take it up a few levels and make the show amazing. Unfortunately neither of them could pull it off. Luckily for them, there were two characters who stole the show. Jacqueline who was played by the fabulous Gay Marshall and Jacob the Butler/Maid played by Jeigh Madjus.

Jacqueline and Jacob stole the show. They both had more than enough presence to take a show that people would have walked out of and bring in comedy, life and entertainment. The two of them lit up the stage and got everyone smiling and laughing. They are the only reasons that a few people had stood up and were the only two characters that people were loving after the show was over. I hate giving bad reviews because I know how hard the actors work, but if you are going to see the tour of La Cage Aux Folles, save your money if there is something better to do. It isn’t the worst show I have ever seen, but it isn’t one I would recommend spending more than $40 on for good seats.

If they would bring in new choreography, better singers and actors for Albin/Zsa Zsa and Georges as well as add some life back into the show, it would be a hit. I give the touring cast of La Cage Aux Folles 2 out of 5 stars because I just didn’t fall in love with it. It may have been an off night, but after talking to people who had seen other performances with this cast, they all said the same things. Jacqueline and Jacob saved the show from getting 1 or no stars at all.

Here is the original broadway revival cast singing The Best of Times from La Cage Aux Folles.

Put a Little More Mascara On – La Cage Au Follies

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Sorry for not posting recently but I have just been really down lately.  Sometimes things in life just suck.  You may not be happy with the way you look, you wonder why certain people are allowed to keep their jobs when all they do is cause problems at work and add no serious value, when you lose a friend or fight with your partner or just have a break up.  Tons of things can cause you to feel like crap.

I had a pretty rough week and although I shouldn’t let it get to me I am for some reason.  To be honest I am not completely happy with a few things in life and I started making the horrible decision of feeling bad for myself.  Tonight I came across one of my good friends who is insisting I leave my apartment and come hang out with him and his friends.  Sometimes the best wisdom can come from the least likely sources.

My friend that has invited me out and that I am going to go meet up with is a Drag Queen from Washington DC, there is no show like a drag show or broadway show, and although normally people wouldn’t take their advice as serious as others, there is wisdom in almost everyone and sometimes it takes a queen to talk some sense into everyone.  It also got me to think of a song from one of my favorite shows written by Harvey Fierstein.  Put a little more mascara on from La Cage Au Follies.

Not only is the song about being able to lift yourself up and pull yourself out of a slump when you’re depressed, but it is about being able to transform your mood with just a couple small changes.

It isn’t about everyone should do drag but mascara can be anything from a trip to the gym to a new outfit or even just a new movie or book.  Basically mascara can be anything about what makes you happy and can help bring your spirits up.   For me my mascara tonight is going to be going to a retro night with my friends and just forgetting about all of the crap that upset me this week and actually enjoy myself.   If you need a little mascara watch the video for Put a little more mascara on from La Cage Au Follies and then come back and share what your mascara is.  My Mascara is being with my friends and knowing that they love me and would like to thank Broadway Legend Harvey Fierstein for creating the song I put a little more mascara on from La Cage Au Follies.