West End leading lady, Marti Webb, is to join EastEnders’ John Partridge in the first ever national tour of the cult musical La Cage Aux Folles which launches from New Theatre, Oxford in January.
One of London’s most revered leading ladies she will play Jacqueline, friend to Albin and Georges, and owner of the restaurant ‘Chez Jacqueline’.
Webb has played leading roles in major numerous West End and touring musicals including Evita, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Blood Brothers, Oliver, Oklahoma, 42nd Street and Half-a-Sixpence.
She received huge critical acclaim for her unforgettable performance in Tell Me on a Sunday, which was written specifically for her by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black.
John Partridge, who has starred in A Chorus Line, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago, will play the iconic role of Albin, who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub.
Also appearing is Adrian Zmed who will play nightclub owner, and Albin’s partner, Georges. Zmed co-starred with William Shatner in the hit TV show TJ Hooker, which ran for more than five years in the 1970s.
He also played Johnny Nogerelli in the cult classic film Grease 2. This will be his first stage appearance in the UK although he is is a Broadway performer having previously led the casts of Grease and Blood Brothers.
Written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, and based on Jean Poiret’s 1973 French play of the same name, La Cage Aux Folles follows the story of Georges, the manager of a Saint Tropez nightclub, and his partner, Albin, a drag artiste and the club’s star attraction.
They live an idyllic existence in the south of France. But behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change when Georges’ son, Jean-Michel, announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local night-life.
Drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their colourful lifestyle. Will Albin be able to play the role of his life to ensure that Jean-Michel can marry his love?
La Cage Aux Folles is a multi-award winning musical. The original Broadway production became an instant smash hit when it opened in 1983. It received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
The success of the musical spawned a London Palladium production and several international runs. The 2004 Broadway revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival, and the 2008 London revival garnered the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
Setting out on its first ever UK tour, this new production is produced by Bill Kenwright and directed
by Martin Connor.
The production tours the UK from January 5. Further casting and dates to be announced.
TOUR DATES 2017
5 – 7 January, Oxford New Theatre
10 – 14 January, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
17- 21 January, Norwich, Theatre Royal
24 – 28 January, Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
31 Jan – 4 February, Cardiff New Theatre
7 – 11 February, Malvern Theatre
14 – 18 February, Nottingham Theatre Royal
21 – 25 February, Blackpool Opera House
28 February – 4 March, HMT Aberdeen
7 -11 March, Edinburgh Playhouse
14 – 18 March, New Theatre Wimbledon
21 – 25 March, Leeds Grand
9 – 13 May, Dartford Orchard Theatre
16 – 20 May, Birmingham Hippodrome
23 – 27 May, Bristol Hippodrome
30 May – 3 June, Grand Opera House York
6 – 10 June, New Victoria Woking
13 – 17 June, Salford Lowry
27 June – 1 July, Wolverhampton Grand
4 – 8 July, Liverpool Empire
25 – 29 July, Glasgow Kings
1 – 5 August, Sunderland Empire
8 – 12 August, Milton Keynes Theatre
15 – 26 August, Theatre Royal Brighton