If you have been reading my blog, you would know that I was lucky enough to have been invited to watch La Cage Aux Folles early of February this year. I was so head over heels in love with amazement at this show that I really wanted to tell my theatre friends to catch it but unfortunately it ended too soon. Lo and behold, and maybe because I have been pretty good lately, my answers have been answered. La Cage is actually doing a RE-RUN.
Based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret, also the inspiration behind the Robin Williams’ starrer Birdcage, La Cage aux Folles was a musical that Manila audiences wholeheartedly embraced and called their own. “How everything came together,” recalls director Robbie Guevara, “the cast, the 9PO orchestra, the production team – it was like a perfect piece of pie that everyone just gobbled up!” The talent we assembled, executive producer Santi Santamaria adds, gave us constant tearjerkers, “a whirlwind of emotions and contagious enthusiasm from everyone onstage and off.” The amazing audience reception, Robbie recalls fondly, made the sacrifices and hard work well worth it.