La Cage aux Folles


La Cage aux Folles

Harvey Fierstein, Jerry Herman, Jean Poiret

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3f, 7m

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Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret

Much revived, most recently in a 2010 production transferred to Broadway from London's Menier Chocolate Factory, La Cage Aux Folles remains one of the all time biggest hits, adding new dimension to the boulevard comedy.

Photo: Joan Marcus

La Cage aux Folles
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 7m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
  • WINNER! Best Revival of a Musical - 2010 Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2010 Drama Desk Award
    WINNER! Best Revival of a Musical - 2005 Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award
    WINNER! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2005 Drama Desk Award
    WINNER! Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical - 1984 Tony® Awards!
    WINNER! Outstanding New Broadway musical - 1984 Outer Critics Circle
    WINNER! Outstanding Music - 1984 Drama Desk Award

Much revived, most recently in a 2010 production transferred to Broadway from London's Menier Chocolate Factory, La Cage Aux Folles remains one of the all time biggest hits, adding new dimension to the boulevard comedy. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the 'family business': Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the "star" performer 'Zaza'. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.

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La Cage Aux Folles opened at The Palace Theatre in New York City on August 21, 1983. It was directed by Arthur Laurents.


Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: St. Tropez, France. Summer.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


3f, 7m
Cast Attributes
  • Drag performance
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

ALBIN: Male 45-55 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
A performer of star quality; mature; great powerhouse of a Broadway voice; fine comic actor

GEORGES: Male, 50’s (Range: G2-F4)
A star; mature and attractive; good singer; energetic, loving and caring; must move well

JEAN-MICHEL: Male, 20 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
Handsome; brunette; masculine, well-mannered, educated; desperately in love with his fiancee, Anne; acts, sings, and moves well

JACOB: Male, Early 20’s (Range: Bb2-Ab4)
Black male butler/maid; brilliant comedian who sings and moves well

ANNE: Female, 18-21 (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Jean-Michel's fiancee; lovely to look at; spunky; a superb dancer who acts well

EDOUARD DINDON: Male, Early 50’s (Range:Bb2-Eb4)
Anne's father; right-wing radical politician; pompous; quirky; must sing, move well, and be a fine comedian

MARIE DINDON: Female, Late 40’s (Range: F4-A5)
Anne's mother; 48-52, shy, retiring, sexually repressed and sex-starved; good singer and actress who moves well; must look great in a leotard for the finale

JACQUELINE: Female, Middle Age (Range: B3-F5)
Mature, female friend of Georges and Albin; owns a chic restaurant; attractive, charming; very theatrical; not necessarily a singer

RENAUD: Male, Middle Age (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Mature, male friend of Georges and Albin; owns a small cafe; understudies both of the 2 leads

FRANCIS: Male, 40’s (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Male stage manager in Georges' club; strong actor/dancer

THE LES CAGELLES (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
Chantal, Monique, Dermah, Nicole, Hanna, Mercedes, Bitelle, Lo Singh, Odette, Angelique, Phaedra, Clo-Clo

TOWNSPEOPLE (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
Madame Renaud, Paulette, Hercule, Etienne, Babette, Colette, Tabarro, Pepe

Casting Notes

Plus a chorus of 10 males and 2 females


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Medium



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Full Package:

1 Piano/Conductor/Keyboard 2
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Woodwind 1 (Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Bb Clarinet)
Woodwind 2 (Bb Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bb Bass Clarinet)
Drums (Drum Kit, Timpani, Triangle, Shaker, Wood Blocks, Gong, Glockenspiel)
Keyboard 1
Double Bass

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    Credit: Joan Marcus

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Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at La Mama ETC in 1971 in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 Off-Off-Broadway productions before he began his career as a playwright. Early works like Flatbush Tosca and Cobra Jewels led to his u ...

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