August 15, 2012

La Cage Aux Folles at Starlight August 28-September 2

La Cage revival makes its Kansas City debut

The critically acclaimed production of La Cage Aux Folles starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber is making its Starlight Theatre debut August 28 – September 2.

La Cage Aux Folles tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancée's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! La Cage Aux Folles is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves! Audiences will also remember the storyline of La Cage from the popular 1996 movie "The Birdcage."

"It's kind of a situation comedy with great Jerry Herman tunes (Hello Dolly, Mame). He's one of the greatest musical theatre composers of all time," said Denton Yockey, president and executive producer of Starlight Theatre.

"I've seen two Broadway revivals of La Cage and I laugh every time. It's just a fun, friendly show with great music, plus this production has the legendary George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber, one of Broadways best working actors," he said. "Take away the men in drag and it's just a show about family."

La Cage Aux Folles recently made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. The new, freshly reconceived La Cage won three 2010 Tony Awards including

Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson). The production is also the winner of three Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical.

George Hamilton, noted for his handsome looks, charming personality, jet-setter image and perpetually bronzed skin tones, has appeared in commercials, dramatic and comedic film roles and reality shows. He performed several roles in numerous films but is best known for MGM films in the 1960s' Where the Boys Are, a coming-of-age romantic comedy in which Hamilton played a smooth Ivy League type. He has made two memorable bio-pics: Your Cheatin' Heart in 1964, in which he portrayed the country-western music legend Hank Williams and in 1971, Evel Knievel, the life story of the motorcycle daredevil. He was nominated for a Golden Globe as the campy neck-biter in the Dracula spoof Love at First Bite (1979), which he executive-produced, and continued on the parody road successfully with Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981). Hamilton has been seen in a string of fun commercials, hosting beauty pageants and making breezy gag appearances. He has broken through the "reality show" ranks by hosti!
ng "The Family" (2003) and participating in the second season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" (2005). Hamilton made his Broadway debut in Chicago; other stage credits include The Star-Spangled Girl (national tour); Funny Girl, The Philadelphia Story, Gigi and Barefoot in the Park.

Co-starring with Hamilton, is two time Tony Award nominee and Broadway veteran, Christopher Sieber who makes his road debut in the role of "Albin." Most recently, Sieber appeared on Broadway as "Georges" opposite Harvey Fierstein in the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles. Sieber received a Tony nomination for his performances in Shrek and Spamalot. Broadway credits also include Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. His television and film credits include "Morning Glory," "Pushing Daisies," "Johnny and the Sprites," "See You in September," "It's All Relative," "Two of a Kind," "Sex and the City," "Ed," "Guiding Light," "All My Children" and "Another World."

La Cage Aux Folles is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani and Fran and Barry Weissler in association with NETworks Presentations. The creative team includes director Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his La Cage direction, choreographer Lynne Page, set designer Tim Shortall, costume designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer Nick Richings, sound designer Jonathan Deans and orchestrator/musical supervisor Todd Ellison.

Tickets for La Cage Aux Folles are $10 to $85 and are available online at, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight Box Office at 4600 Starlight Road. Discount prices for groups of 15 or more are available. For information about group pricing, contact group sales manager Stacey Million at 816.997.1137 or

All performances begin at 8 p.m. "A Fine French fin de Saison," pre-show dinner will be available in The Helzberg Diamonds VIP Club. Reservations can be made by calling the Starlight Box Office before 3 p.m. the night of the show. Walk-up diners are also welcome.

Starlight also welcomes theatre-goers to arrive early to get a free, behind-the-scenes look at the theatre and its rich history in Kansas City. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7 p.m. Patrons interested in touring Starlight theatre should meet at the top of the theatre behind Terrace Section 1.

August 28, Singles Night – Special event cost of $22 includes terrace seating, pre-show gathering at 6:30 p.m. and exclusive backstage tour at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (816) 997-1137 or visit and enter code: QSSINGLES.
August 25 - Performance will be described for the blind and visually impaired by Kansas Audio-Reader Network.
August 26 - Performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Presenting Broadway entertainment since 1951, the non-profit Starlight Theatre Association is Kansas City's oldest and largest performing arts organization. The Association operates, programs and maintains the largest stage in the United States, as well as the 16-acre Starlight Theatre complex located in Swope Parkway. While assuming all annual operating costs for the complex, the Association also raises funds for capital improvements and a variety of programs, including national Broadway musical performances, concerts, community outreach and education. Since 2000, the Association has contributed more than $25 million of privately funded improvements to the Kansas City, Mo.-owned Starlight Theatre. Each Broadway season, Starlight donates more than 11,000 tickets to its performances to regional non-profit organizations serving the disadvantaged.

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