Review | La Cage aux Folles
SARASOTA — Jerusalem is a showcase for its prima donna, and Danielle Walker was rightly the star of last Saturday's opening of the early Verdi melodrama at Sarasota Opera. The soprano brought passionate conviction to the huge role, which includes three arias, a duet and a trio, as well as a prominent voice …
For fans of standup comedy, this weekend is a fight to the uproarious death. You could put your money on all four comedy heavyweights coming through the region, but that's going to add up fast. We pitted these wildly divergent comics against each other, rating their style, substance and subject matter. The champion? …
TAMPA — Carmen sat outside the theater's coffee shop wrapped in a chunky gray sweater and leggings, no makeup, smelling more like flowery soap than factory cigarettes.
In the vault of iconic scenes from the stage, Eva Perón standing over the people, arms outstretched, singing Don't Cry for Me Argentina, ranks as high as her balcony. Evita, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical, comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts …
The patrons asked, and Stage West Community Playhouse listened.
Back in 1983 when the musical La Cage aux Folles hit Broadway, it was considered brave, daring and downright scandalous. After all, it was the first big musical with cross-dressing homosexuals at its center.
Pick a day — any day; pick a time — well, almost any time. And you can bet that on that day and at that time, the little musical Forever Plaid will be playing somewhere in the world. That's how popular the show is with both professional and community theaters, to say nothing of audiences.
Scene: Goth guy in platform boots sings, is terrible, begs celebrity judges to hand him a golden ticket to fame, and when they do not, he is devastated yet still eager to hug them. They are who he wants to be.
Anyone who's ever had sisters, or has seen a set of aunts kvetch around a kitchen table, knows this much: