La Cage aux Folles wraps up Music Circus season
The hilarious musical “”La Cage aux Folles”,” featuring the bawdy humor of Harvey Fierstein and the melodic genius of Jerry Herman, is the final show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution.
“La Cage aux Folles” won six Tony Awards in 1984, and both subsequent productions won the Tony for Best Revival. Centered in a bustling nightclub on the French Riviera teeming with song, dance and laughter, it inspired the hit 1996 film “The Birdcage,” starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. Featuring “The Best of Times,” “I Am What I Am” and “Song on the Sand,” Associated Press called the show “riotously funny and emotionally affecting. It could not be more timely and enjoyable.”
In the Music Circus production of “La Cage aux Folles,” the role of Georges will be played by Broadway veteran Brent Barrett, who has played multiple roles on stage and screen, including the film “The Producers” and the Broadway productions of “West Side Story,” “Dance a Little Closer,” “Chicago” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Alan Mingo Jr., who has extensive Broadway, touring and regional experience in shows including “The Little Mermaid,” “Once on This Island,” “Shrek the Musical” and “Rent,” will play Albin.
Playing Jacob is Reggie De Leon, who has extensive experience in TV and film, and has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions including “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Seussical,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Sweeny Todd.” Michael Dotson, who has appeared in more than 35 Music Circus shows as well as a number of regional productions including “42nd Street,” “The Pajama Game” and “The Andrews Brothers,” plays Francis.
Playing Jean-Michel is Michael Lowney, who made his Broadway debut in the 2010 Tony Award-winning revival of “La Cage aux Folles.” The role of Anne Dindon will be played by Julie Kavanagh, who has performed in a number of regional productions including “The Little Mermaid,” “Annie” and “Chicago,” as well as a national tour of “La Cage aux Folles.”
Kevin Cooney, who has appeared in TV and films such as “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Legally Blonde,” “Austin Powers” and “Independence Day,” and who has appeared on Broadway, in national tours and in regional theatre productions around the country, will play Monsieur Dindon/Monsieur Renaud. Mademoiselle Dindon/Mademoiselle Renaud will be played by Heather Lee, who has appeared in more than 17 Music Circus productions, as well as in Broadway and national touring productions including “Gypsy,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Jacqueline will be played by Barbara McCulloh, whose Broadway and national touring credits include “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and “Peter Pan,” and who also has extensive experience in television, regional theatre and off-Broadway.
The “La Cage aux Folles” cast also includes Karen Hyland, Thay Floyd, Adam Lendermon, Steve Schepis, Brian Steven Shaw, Christopher Shin, Shannon Stoeke, Steven Wenslawski and John B. Williford.
Director is Tony Spinosa, who was resident director for the recent Broadway revival and national tour of “”La Cage aux Folles” and is celebrating his 35th year as a working professional in American theatre. Choreographer is Dana Solimando, who has choreographed numerous shows on Broadway, on tour and in regional theatres, including last season’s Music Circus production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Musical director is Dennis Castellano, who has been working on Music Circus shows since 1981, including “Show Boat,” “The Producers,” “Spamalot,” “Funny Girl,” “Ragtime,” “Evita,” “Sweeney Todd” and, earlier this season, “Mary Poppins.”
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Executive Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.
Performances are Aug. 19-24. Tickets for “La Cage aux Folles” range from $35 to $65, and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at Tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.