La Cage aux Folles
And what the audience got was one of the best shows the theater has produced—with leads who possess talent, stage presence and real chemistry; and a supporting cast with equal enthusiasm and charm.
This is an old-fashioned love story with a twist. Georges (Craig Howard) and longtime partner Albin (Bob Roe) operate a high-class drag show in St. Tropez, where every evening, Albin transforms himself into the ultimate diva, ZaZa. The laughs come from Albin’s high-maintenance fits, the antics of drama queen/butler Jacob (Robert Webber), and Georges’ attempts to soothe the not-so-savage beasts.
But it’s the sentiments that make this show special. When Georges and Albin’s son Jean-Michel (Laurent Lazard) announces he’s getting married to the daughter of a homophobe moralist and wants to invent straight parents, everyone grapples with the issues of what really constitutes a family and what unconditional love is.
Howard and Webber are wonderful, but it’s Roe’s multi-layered performance that steals the show. Viva la diva!