Tony Awards-winning Best Musical
Shun Hing Group 65th Anniversary Proudly Sponsors La Cage aux Folles
filled with hysterical and biting satire, disarming prejudices against alternative lifestyles
【Hong Kong Repertory Theatre】“At the hottest La Cage aux Folles Club, spectacular star Zaza and the Cagelles offer you the most enthralling and titillating song and dance ever!” The six-time Tony-winning Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles has graced countless stages around the world with its film adaptation garnering three Oscar nominations. The Hong Kong premiere of La Cage features a live music and enthralling music and dance, invoking the beguiling beauty of drag queens. La Cage aux Folles is adapted by Harvey Fierstein with music and original lyrics by Jerry Herman, translated and directed by Artistic Director Anthony Chan, with Cantonese lyrics translated by Chris Shum. The production is choreographed by Mohamed Drissi with music director Edgar Hung and singing supervisor Beilosi Fung. A 23-strong cast is led by guest artist Pichead Amornsomboon and Ko Hon Man, Jordan Cheung, Lau Shau Ching and Mercy Wong. The production runs from January 19th to 27th at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Tickets are available now from URBTIX outlets.
La Cage aux Folles is about Albin (played by Pichead Amornsomboon) who is a star performer in a night club run by his lover Georges (played by Ko Hon Man). He has been living with Georges and his son Jean (played by Jordan Cheng). When Jean brings his fiancée and her conservative parents for dinner, Albin dresses up as “wife” to appease them, resulting in scenes after scenes of hilarity.
Translator and director Anthony Chan states: “La Cage aux Folles is richly entertaining, filled with comedic moments. In this show are fantastic songs and dances. The script posits that true love transcends sex and blood ties, prompting us to ponder prejudices today against same-sex marriage, cross-dressing and the self-identity of homosexuals. Such songs in the musical as ‘I Am What I Am’ and ‘Best of Times’ have become popular tunes in their own rights. Indeed, La Cage is a priceless ‘cross-dressing’ farce.”
La Cage aux Folles received two Tony awards in 2005 and 2010 for “Best Revival of a Musical.” Clive Barnes of The New York Post once praised this as Jerry Herman’s “best musical yet—happier, more assertive, more buoyant than Hello Dolly!.” The UK’s Arts Shelf praised this work because “the costumes and makeup are simply an artificial front, behind which hides a gentle and fragile human being who just wants to be loved.”
As part of the production’s extension activities, the HKRep will host a talk by Chris Shum, veteran Cantonese lyric translator who also contributes to this production of La Cage. Shum will also interact with audience members in exploring sample lyric translations. He will be joined by singers Jarita Wan and Jonathan Soon, both of whom will demonstrate and share their insights into vocal technique. This free event that is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. It takes place on January 19th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the HKREP Black Box Theatre (8/F, Sheung Wan Civic Centre). To register: https://www.hkrep.com/la_cage_aux_folles-activity/