‘La Cage Aux Folles’ brings smiles

Harriet Hunter Ford, Around Town
Posted 9/20/12

I love this show about two gay men, their son, his probable in-laws and their daughter, and ultimately, the power of love on many levels. George …

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‘La Cage Aux Folles’ brings smiles


I love this show about two gay men, their son, his probable in-laws and their daughter, and ultimately, the power of love on many levels.

George Hamilton has been starring in the role of Georges, who has a nightclub along with his partner, Albin (Christopher Sieber).

Albin, a renowned drag queen, is the star of the nightclub show. Sadly, Hamilton, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be playing the role for the remainder of the Denver run, which ends on Sept. 16.

When we entered the theater, a gorgeous, long-legged, long-haired blond was entertaining the audience with racy one-liners.

When I asked my pal Cathy if she was aware that we were actually watching a man, she nearly fell out of her chair. She finally believed me when Kirk Montgomery, who was sitting in front of us, confirmed it. These transvestite actors are really, really good.

“La Cage” filled the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on opening night. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when huge beach balls were launched into the appreciative audience.

There’s nothing like a bit of interactive theater. For tix and info, call 303-893-4100 or go online to denvercenter.org.

“The Threepenny Opera” captures audience

I’ve known of “The Threepenny Opera” for years, but this is the first time I’ve seen it. It’s right up my alley since the humor is about a bubble off plumb ... just the way I like it.

The musical plays through Oct. 21 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 13th and Washington, 2nd floor, in Golden.

I was glad I’d read the synopsis in the press release or I would have been completely lost. Here’s a thumbnail: (it is) “the tale of Macheath (Mack the Knife), a debonair crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business.

When Macheath marries Polly Peachum, her father, Jonathan Peachum, is greatly angered. Peachum controls the beggars of London, and he strives to get Macheath hanged.

Peachum exerts considerable political influence, and eventually Macheath is arrested and imprisoned.

At the point of execution, in an unrestrained parody of a happy ending, a hard-riding messenger from the Queen dramatically arrives at the last minute, and Macheath is pardoned and elevated to the title of Baron.” Whew! There you have it.

Somehow Director El Armstrong manages to corral all 17 members of the cast onto the small Miners Alley Playhouse stage at one time without overwhelming the nearby — very nearby — audience.

The cast includes three members of PHAMALY (Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League). Each did a terrific job and goes to show that PHAMALY is no fly-by-night operation. Congrats to Miners Alley for reaching out to this community.

As usual, Miners Alley has done a great job all around. The production makes exceptionally good use of the limited space in the small theater by using a series of platforms that allow the cast members to move around without crashing into one another.

The set gives the illusion of a much larger area. For tix and info: call 303-935-3044 or go online to www.minersalley.com.


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