For anyone that knows me personally, 2017 has not been the greatest year – well actually, it’s been the worst ever! I’ve lost 3 immediate family members, found out my Mom has terminal cancer and I’ve also been battling my own health issues. And I’ll admit – my love of theatre was being lost as a result of this.
But, in the past few weeks, I’ve tried to get back to where my heart belongs, to remind myself of why theatre always fills my heart with so much joy. So, I started my journey with my first ever visit to see the current UK tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.
This was one of those shows that I knew all about but had never seen. The story of loved up gay couple Georges (Adrian Zmed) and Albin (John Partridge), who is also the lead performer Zsa Zsa at the local drag club, tells the story of love, family and acceptance (with that added touch of sparkle!) which so struck a chord with me that by the end of the show, I was in tears due to the joy and amount of heart I was seeing on stage – it was just so beautiful!
The cast of this show was also beyond phenomenal! Les Mis alumni Dougie Carter (Jean Michel) was a truly charismatic gentleman, made a perfect pair with the beaitiful Alexandra Robinson (Anne) and performed with so much heart, especially in his Act 2 reprise of “Look Over There,” while the legendary Marti Webb (Jacqueline) showed off her West End experience, taking command of the stage throughout with truly immaculate comic timing.
A special mention must go to the gentleman in the photo – the sensational Samuel Ajewole (Jacob) who blew me away with every part of his performance. He performs with the confidence of a seasoned performer who has been on stage for many years – yet, he is relatively newcomer to the Theatre industry! This guy is definitely a name to watch – in fact, I think he would be a truly phenomenal Lola over at the Adelphi Theatre! You heard it here first 🙂
Then you have Adrian Zmed and John Partridge leading the cast – and what a perfect duo they are! I could not think of two more stunning performers to lead this show. The warmth and love between them on stage was overwhelming and both were able to show off their phenomenal skills throughout the show. I have seen John Partridge in a number of roles up to now – but this has to be the BEST I have ever seen him!
This show really brings home how important being yourself and loving yourself is for everyone EVERYWHERE. With the dark times in our world right now, this was the most joyful and all round fabulous tonic that I needed! A must watch folks 👍👍👍
The tour continues throughout the UK – check out http://www.kenwright.com/microsite/la-cage-aux-folles/ for more details.