La Cage Aux Folles is an award-winning musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Based on Jean Poiret’s 1973 play of the same name (which also inspired Hollywood film The Birdcage), La Cage Aux Folles first opened on Broadway in 1983 to resounding critical acclaim.
Over three decades, the show has enjoyed considerable success on Broadway. The landmark first production received nine Tony Award nominations and won six awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The musical has since been revived twice on Broadway – in 2004 and 2010 – and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical both times. In total, La Cage Aux Folles has won 11 Tony Awards over its three Broadway productions.
W!LD RICE’s spectacular production of La Cage Aux Folles in 2012 was a hit with audiences and critics alike. In relocating the story to Singapore, director Glen Goei found new meaning and fresh life in this heartwarming tale of unconditional love and family values.
Come April 2017, W!LD RICE will once again re-imagine La Cage Aux Folles for a new generation of audiences. Iconic songs like I Am What I Am and The Best of Times will soar through the Victoria Theatre as this beloved musical encourages one and all to celebrate the fact that life’s not worth a damn, ’til you can say, “I am what I am!”
W!LD RICE’s La Cage Aux Folles in 2012
Is La Cage Aux Folles suitable for young people?
The Media Development Authority has issued an Advisory of 16 (Some Homosexual Content) for La Cage Aux Folles, indicating that the show is suitable for people aged 16 years and above. Please note, however, that this is not a rating, but an advisory – entry for those below the age of 16 is still permitted with adult supervision and guidance.
The most important thing to remember is that this show is a celebration of family values. The family at the heart of La Cage Aux Folles may be unconventional, but their love for and devotion to one another is unmistakable. If you think your students can understand and enjoy a story that features men in drag – like Auntie Lucy on Channel 8! – and a non-traditional family, you should absolutely consider bringing them to La Cage Aux Folles. They will love the show’s slapstick humour, and young people will definitely identify with the character of Jonathan, who is caught between his desire to impress his girlfriend and his fear that the parents he loves will embarrass him.