Thesp will star in Broadway tuner revival
Kelsey Grammer has locked in his stint in the upcoming Broadway revival of tuner “La Cage aux Folles,” soon after word leaked out last week about the casting.Grammer last appeared on the Main Steam in a short-lived 2000 revival of “Macbeth.” More recently, he earned favorable buzz for his turn in the New York Philharmonic’s 2007 concert staging of “My Fair Lady.” Grammer will appear in “La Cage” opposite Douglas Hodge, the Brit thesp who starred in the production at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, where the revival originated in 2007 before it went on to a West End run that is still playing. Grammer plays St. Tropez nightclub owner Georges in the musical, with Hodge reprising his role as Albin, the drag performer who is Georges’ lover. Hodge scored a 2009 Olivier for his perf. Revival of the 1983 musical by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein is helmed by Terry Johnson and choreographed by Lynne Page. Tuner, centering on the impending marriage between Georges and Albin’s son and the daughter of a famous conservative, was last seen on the Main Stem relatively recently, in a 2004 staging helmed by Jerry Zaks. Latest revival is produced by Sonia Friedman Prods., David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Fran and Barry Weissler and Robert Bartner/Norman Tulchin. “La Cage” kicks off previews April 6 and opens April 18 at the Longacre Theater.