The show is currently booking until 10 January 2009 and Norton, who has fronted BBC shows including Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything is rumoured to be taking a lead role soon after that date, but only if the run is extended.
After a rocky start due to multiple cast illnesses (See News, 16 Nov 2007), La Cage aux Folles ran at the Menier from 9 January 2008 (previews from 27 November 2007) to 8 March 2008. In the West End, it’s choreographed by Lynne Page and designed by Tim Shortall, with costumes by Matthew Wright, wigs and make-up by Richard Mawbey, musical supervision and orchestrations by Jason Carr and musical direction by Nigel Lilley.
Based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret and subsequent 1978 French-Italian screen version, the musical focuses on a gay couple – Georges, the manager of a St Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his star attraction - and the adventures that ensue when Georges\' son Jean-Michel brings home his fiancée\'s ultra-conservative parents to meet them. The West End cast includes Douglas Hodge, Stuart Neal, Alicia Davis, Ben Deery, Tracie Bennett and Denis Lawson.