LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – A Sparkling Hit at Broadway By The Bay

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Curt Denham and Ray Mendonca as “Georges” and “Albin” are a must-see-duo in Broadway By The Bay’s 2010 season opener, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. This is an affair the Box Office will remember. The Peninsula’s premier musical theatre company celebrates its 45th Anniversary season with the iconic musical directed by Marc Jacobs and choreographed by Robyn Tribuzi. The production dazzles the eye and tugs at the heart. Musical Director Attilio Tribuzi captures the show’s Classic Broadway sound with a snappy and first class orchestra. Composer Jerry Herman’s record-breaking multiple Tony Award winning musical is beautifully realized in this feather-packed glitter and be Gay production featuring the very best in Bay Area talent. The show runs through Sunday, October 3rd at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center (600 N. Delaware Ave., San Mateo).
Click here to order tickets on-line: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

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GEORGES & ALBIN – Curt Denham and Ray Mendonca

“We are delighted to bring La Cage aux Folles to the Peninsula,” said Executive Director, Jim Garcia. “This show goes down in history as one of the best musicals of all time, and we know our patrons are going to really love this production!”

Based upon the French play of the same title, La Cage Aux Folles tells the story of Georges – the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment – and Albin – his romantic partner of 20 years and star attraction. Other than the usual rollicking adventures begin when Georges’ son Jean-Michel – fathered during a one-night heterosexual fling – brings home his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents to meet them.

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CURT DENHAM – as “Georges”

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“I am what I am!”
RAY MENDONCA – as “Albin”

With book by Harvey Fierstein and music/lyrics by Jerry Herman, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features some of Broadway’s most memorable songs including: I Am What I Am, Song on the Sand, and The Best of Times. The original Broadway production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won six 1984 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The Broadway revival won the 2005 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography. The current Broadway revival won three 2010 Tony awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.  LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is the only musical to ever win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical twice and the only show that has won a Best Musical award (original and revivals) for every staged production.

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Under the leadership of Artistic Director Brooke Knight and Executive Director Jim Gardia, Broadway By the Bay will close the 45th season with the West Coast premiere of BROADWAY BY THE YEAR (November 18th – 21at). A musical and historical snapshot of the Great White Way highlighting songs from Broadway shows of 1930 (Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band and The New Yorkers) and 1964 (Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and Fiddler on the Roof).

Tickets for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES range in price from $20 – $48 and are on sale now. Special youth, student, senior and group pricings are available. Click here for more information and to order tickets on line: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

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Justin Taylor Nixon – as “Chantal”.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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