1st Night TV: La Cage Welcomes Allam & Quast
Terry Johnson's revival of the Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical ran at the 150-seat Chocolate Factory, with Hodge and Quast, from 9 January to 8 March 2008 (previews from 27 November 2007), before transferring to its current home the Playhouse on 30 October 2008 (previews from 20 October).
Along with our photographer (See 1st Night Photos, 12 May 2009), our TV partners at Reelkandi were at the Playhouse on Tuesday to chat to Roger Allam and Philip Quast about their roles in the multi award winning show.
This year, in addition to two Oliviers (the second for Best Musical Revival), La Cage aux Folles has won two Whatsonstage.com Awards and the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.
It has a book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, whose other classics include Hello Dolly!, Mame and Mack and Mabel. The score features songs including “I Am What I Am”, “The Best of Times”, “Song on the Sand”, “Masculinity” and the title number.
- by Theo Bosanquet