John Partridge, Adrian Zmed and Marti Webb will star in the much-loved musical La Cage Aux Folles when it embarks on its first ever nationwide tour, opening at the New Oxford Theatre on 5 January.
John Partridge will play ‘Albin’ who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub. Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West End productions of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago. He is also well known for playing Christian Clarke in BBC’s EastEnders and as a judge on TV’s Over the Rainbow.
Adrian Zmed will play ‘Georges’, partner of Albin and owner of the nightclub. Zmed co-starred with William Shatner as ‘Officer Vince Romano’ in the 1970s hit TV show T.J. Hooker, which ran for 90 episodes over five years, and for playing ‘Johnny Nogerelli’ in the cult classic film Grease 2. This will be his first stage appearance in the UK although he is no stranger to Broadway musicals having previously led the casts of Grease, no fewer than three times, Falsettos and Blood Brothers.
One of the West End’s most revered leading ladies’, TV star and recording artist Marti Webb will play Jacqueline, friend to Albin and Georges, and owner of the restaurant Chez Jacqueline. Webb has played leading roles in numerous West End and touring musicals including Evita, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Blood Brothers, Oliver!, Oklahoma!, 42nd Street and Half a-Sixpence. She received critical acclaim for her performance in Tell Me On a Sunday, which was written specifically for her by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black.
Dougie Carter will appear alongside them as Jean-Michele, Samson Ajewole as Jacob, Su Douglas as Marie/Madame Renaud, Alexandra Robinson as Anne, Paul F Monaghan as Dindon/Renaud, and Jon De Ville as Francis. Joining them on stage as Les Cagelles will be Jordan Livesey, Matthew Ives, Louie-George Daniels, Liam Paul Jennings, Micah Holmes and Richard Leavey. Completing the cast are Luke Byrne, Jane Quinn and Rachel Cumino.
Written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, and based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, 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 brand new production is produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Bill Deamer, designed by Gary McCann, with wigs and make-up design by Richard Mawbey, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Dan Samson and musical direction by Mark Crossland.
The production tours the UK from 5 January 2017, opening at the New Theatre Oxford.
Dates are currently on sale at www.kenwright.com. Further casting and dates to be announced.