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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"La Cage aux Folles"


   Ted Brightwell and Mark Parsons-Justice will star as Albin and Georges when the Charleston Light Opera Guild presents La Cage aux Folles as part of FestivALL Charleston 2015 at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on June 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m. and June 21 and 28 at 3:00 p.m.  

   All seats are reserved for $25 and may be purchase on-line at www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.  The box office opens at the Civic Center Little Theatre on Monday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. and runs Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m. through show time and Sunday 2:00 p.m. through show time. 

   The production is sponsored by Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum.

   The cast includes Stephen Hayward as Jean-Michel, Trey Harris as Jacob, Haley Burgess as Anne, Kennie Bass as Dindon, Elizabeth Cary Brown as Marie Dindon, Lauren Meyer as Jacqueline, Mark Felton as Renaud, Julie Simon as Mrs. Renaud, Cameron Vance as Chantal, Bob McCarty as Hanna, Clayton Strohmenger as Phaedra, Austin A. Thomas as Mercedes, Megan Sydnor as Angelique, Shakira Martin as Colette/Bitelle and Frannie Slotnick as Babette  Nina Denton Pasinetti is director and choreographer, John Marshall is musical director, David Patrick is accompanist and technical director is Thomas P. Pasinetti.

   La Cage aux Folles is a glitzy fun musical with a tuneful score that includes I Am What I Am, With You On My Arm, Song On The Sand, The Best of Times, A Little More Mascara and La Cage aux Folles.

   La Cage aux Folles is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman.  Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret. It was adapted into a popular French film that was remade in 1996 as The Birdcage. The story focuses on a gay couple, Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction. The farcical adventures begin when Georges’ son, fathered during a one-night fling, announces his wedding plans to the daughter of ultra-conservative parents.   Georges agrees to play “normal” when he meets the bride-to-be’s family, but Albin has other plans that lead to hilarity.

   The original 1983 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including best musical, best score, and best book. Both the 2004 and 2010 Broadway revivals won Tony Awards for best revival of a musical. The Charleston Light Opera Guild formerly produced La Cage aux Folles in 1996.

   For more information, go to www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org. 

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