La Cage Aux Folles: The Broadway Musical (1983 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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Audio, Cassette, Cast Recording, September 25, 1989
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The MUSICAL takes place in Saint Tropez on the French Riviera (not Miami--that is the Robin Williams movie which came later; and the previous reviewer's criticism that "We Are What We Are" doesn't sound like something that would be done in a Miami nightclub is consequentially absurd. It DOES sound like something that would be done where the musical is actually set.) Unfortunately "We Are What We Are" is cut considerably from Herman's original score--this is surely due to the fact that much of the missing music is intended to accompany dance, which of course we can't see on this CD, but I would have liked to have heard Chantal's and Phaedra's numbers which are part of the song in the Broadway production--but nonetheless is a delight to hear.
Also worthy of note are the very tender and sentimental "Look Over There" and "Song on the Sand" (not "Song OF the Sand", as that same previous reviewer would have!), beautifully sung by Gene Barry. The wittiest is probably "La Cage Aux Folles"--("all week long we're wondering who/left a green Givenchy gown in the loo"!) and "The Best of Times" leaves us with the worthwhile Candide-esque message that we must live the life we have now.
The best, most powerful song is undoubtedly "I Am What I Am", which has become an anthem for the gay and transgendered.Read more ›
Best songs include:
We Are What We Are
A Little More Mascara (the "drag theme")
Song On The Sand
La Cage Aux Folles (the "production number")
I Am What I Am (the "showstopper")
The Best Of Times
George Hearn & Gene Barry are excellent in Harvey Fierstein's masterpiece and winner of the 1983 Tony for Best Musical!
Hard to believe it's been 26 years.........Broadway, it's time for a revival!
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Love This Musical, I have it on vinyl that is well worn, just decided to replace it with a disc.Published 11 months ago by Daniel Hayes
Forget about the ghastly bargain basement revivals of this show, and stick with the original cast album, even though it's incomplete. Read morePublished 18 months ago by addison de witt
I loved this musical when I watched it in NY. I am really glad to have this CD again.Published 21 months ago by Yoshihisa Shinozaki
I've loved this music ever since I saw the stage play in San Francisco. I play it almost everyday in my carPublished on June 28, 2014 by virginiacarney