Preview: La Cage Aux Folles by W!ld Rice
W!ld Rice is starting off the year with a bang, with a restaging of Harvey Fierstein’s La Cage Aux Folles, last staged at the Esplanade by W!ld Rice in 2012.
Winning the 2013 Life! Theatre Award for Production of the Year, La Cage will once again feature Ivan Heng in the lead role as Albin – a family man by day, lascivious drag extraordinaire Zaza by night, performing on fabulous Tanjong Pagar’s nightlife circuit at world famous cabaret La Cage. He and partner George (Malaysia’s world renowned Sean Ghazi, his first time performing in Singapore in 19 years) live a relatively quiet life until son Jonathan (Aaron Khaled) declares his intention to marry the daughter of ultra conservative politician Mr C.K. Tan (Darius Tan), archenemy of the Tanjong Pagar nightlife and hell bent on shutting it down. When Jonathan brings his future in-laws home to meet the family, the fabulous couple are forced to play it straight and keep the boas and heels under lock and key, but how long can they keep up the act before the feathers fly?
Directed by Glen Goei with music directed by Elaine Chan, this new production will feature standard hits from the original Broadway production such as I Am What I Am and The Best of Times. Featuring some of the brightest stars on Singapore’s theatre scene today, including Jo Tan, Frances Lee, Hossan Leong and Erwin Shah Ismail, La Cage Aux Folles is a heartwarming and hilarious musical about the power of love, family, and staying true to one’s self, and a surefire way to bring a wave of good feelings into 2017.
La Cage Aux Folles plays at the Victoria Theatre from 19 April to 13 May. Tickets available here