Rutene Spooner, of Christchurch, as Albin (left), and Alex
Derbie, of Queenstown, as Georges, in La Cage aux Folles.
The creative team behind the hit Chicago
working hard to stage a comedy musical which ''celebrates
family and marriage in all its forms,'' Showbiz Queenstown
president Marty Newell says.
Mr Newell welcomed invited guests to a ''sneak peak'' of
La Cage aux Folles last week at the venue where it
will be performed from September 1 to 7, the Queenstown
Director Bryan Aitken introduced the black-clad ensemble and
their musical accompaniment and primed the intimate gathering
on what the play was all about and where it came from.
The Cage of Madwomen was a Broadway show with roots in
19th-century European comic operettas, Mr Aitken said.
Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean
Poiret, the musical had swept the board at award ceremonies
after every revival and was essentially ''a love story as
pertinent and as dynamic as ever'', he said.
The audience was treated to a handful of scenes and song
performances by the principal cast and ensemble,Alex Derbie
stars as Georges, the owner of a Saint-Tropez nightclub
featuring drag acts, such as his flamboyant partner Albin,
played with gusto by Rutene Spooner.
Farce ensues when the gay couple are urged to play straight
by their son, Jean-Michel, played by Finley Brentwood, to
please the moralistic parents of his fiancee when both
families meet for the first time.
Musical co-director Emma Wilson, working with co-director
Michael Bell, said the production was full of ''jolly tunes
with strong melodies the audience will come out singing''.
Mr Aitken presented examples of the glamorous costumes some
cast members would wear. Garments were either sourced from
Melbourne, or were made especially for the Queenstown show by
costumier Chris Pickard.
• La Cage aux Folles is staged in the Queenstown
Memorial Centre on September 1 to 7. Tickets are on sale now
from the centre, i-Site Queenstown Visitor Centre and