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A riotous revue of drag and dance

This review was written by Hatchet reporter Roxanne Goldberg.

Grab your heels, dab on some glitter and lose yourself in the sheer joy and triumph that is “La Cage aux Folles.”

Playing at The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, the  Tony Award-winning musical transports audie

George Hamilton dances on stage as Georges in La Cage aux Folles. Photo Courtesy of Paul Kolnik.

nces to 1980’s Saint-Tropez where sold out crowds gather to revel at the French Riviera’s most outrageous drag revue, La Cage aux Folles.

The riotous show entertains with its scandalous costumes, song and dialogue, without going over the top.

Before the show begins, drag queen Lili Whiteass sets the mood for the evening. Standing on stage and donning her Jackie Kennedy outfit, to which Whiteass claims she barely does justice, she channels her inner Eleanor Roosevelt and accidently shows off her “Barbara Bush.”

The play is a powerful love story about nightclub owner Georges, played by George Hamilton, and his flamboyant partner of more than 20 years, Albin, played by Christopher Sieber. When Georges’ son, Jean-Michel, played by Billy Harrigan Tighe, announces his plans to wed the daughter of a conservative politician seeking to shut down gay-friendly businesses on the Riviera, chaos ensues.

Sieber, as the lovably dramatic Albin and equally fabulous drag alter-ego Zaza, has an intoxicating energy that invigorates the audience. Stealing the stage as the larger than life personality, Sieber’s talents shine most when dressed in a glowing gown and singing solo against a starry night. He has no trouble stealing a spotlight in the hilarious yet over-the-top production.

Based on the play by Jean Poiret, the delightful comedy won six Tony Awards for its original debut in 1983, including best musical.  The honors are well deserved, as the show easily lives up to its critical acclaim. The standout cast, appropriately gaudy costumes and sensational music combine to both entertain and amuse the audience.

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