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“La Cage Aux Folles” at the Axelrod

originally published: 06/01/2017

“La Cage Aux Folles” at the Axelrod

(DEAL PARK, NJ) -- A gaggle of drag queens are taking over the Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC) for gay pride month.  La Cage Aux Folles - that's the same "birds of a feather" from the film The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.  The musical opens on Friday, June 2 at 8:00pm to kick off Jersey's 25th annual pride weekend.  Over 20,000 LBGTQ attendees are expected in Asbury Park for the weekend.  APAC, located in Deal Park, is about five minutes from downtown Asbury Park.

To benefit Garden State Equality, APAC is hosting an opening night reception in the theatre lobby -- with pink martinis by Tito's Handmade Vodka and rose Bolla by Banfi Winery plus hors d'oeuvres -- at 7:00pm.

“La Cage Aux Folles” at the AxelrodExecutive Director of Garden State Equality, Christian Fuscarino, has been instrumental in this upcoming Pride event: "We are thrilled to be partnering with the Axelrod PAC on this exciting night that will benefit the local LGBT community.  La Cage Aux Folles is a show that has empowered LGBT people for decades, so it is particularly meaningful to tie this show into a fundraiser for New Jersey's largest LGBT organization."

The musical features a score by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!), which includes the gay national anthem "I Am What I Am," and a hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Kinky Boots).

As Robin Williams said in The Birdcage: "Look, this may be a drag show, but it still has to be a good drag show, if possible a great drag show." The APAC cast includes eight stunning drag performers as the fabulous Cagelles (think RuPaul's Drag Race with actual singing and dancing abilities).

The show stars Broadway veteran Nat Chandler (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Phantom of the Opera) as Geroges and one of the Jersey Shore's most sought-after singers Joe Necci returning for the third time as the divine Zaza.  Nat Chandler is making his Jersey Shore debut, having been seen on Broadway and in regional theaters around the country: "I am thrilled to join the Axelrod's production of La Cage aux Folles.  This musical has an extraordinarily brilliant script and is absolutely hilarious.  I'm proud to be a part of a story about love, joy and family!" New York Times theatre critic D.J.R. Bruckner wrote, "Nat Chandler is a find... he displays rich comic gifts and he can use his fine operatic voice to express any emotion he wants to."



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A $55 donation includes the reception and a premium ticket for the opening night performance of the show.  Tito's Handmade Vodka will be matching donations dollar for dollar! This event is co-hosted by Caberet for Life, Inc., the nonprofit arts organization that has been supporting local HIV/AIDS and other charities in NJ since 1995.

La Cage Aux Folles is being produced by Andrew DePrisco and Jess Levy, directed by Kathryn Markey and choreographed by Todd Labron Underwood, with musical direction by Joseph Elefante, leading an on-stage band.

The play runs June 2,3,8,10,15 at 8:00pm and June 4,11,18 at 3:00pm at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center (100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park section of Ocean Township, New Jersey).  Tickets range from $31 to $36.  For online purchases, visit www.axelrodartscenter.com





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Event calendar
Friday, Nov 16, 2018


MUSIC

THE MERCURY BROTHERS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Heather Maloney with Izzy Heltai @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Shockenaw Mountain Boys at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:30pm

Renaissance @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

James Day & The Fish Fry @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 8:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Ladies Let Loose Stand-Up Comedy @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 8:00pm

WHOOPI GOLDBERG @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 7:00pm

Nugget & Fang @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am and 12:30pm

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