Thursday, January 30, 2020

reviews - LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - Arizona Broadway Theatre

Jamie Parnell and Michael Ursua
Photo by Scott Samplin
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through March 22

"...lavish and lovely, with leads that deliver moving performances and direction that doesn't shortchange the emotional pull of the comical but heartfelt story about family. It's a show that is still relevant, with themes, situations and characters anyone can relate to... The show is less shocking now than when it first premiered, and gay rights have taken a huge step forward in the past thirty years, but the central theme of acceptance is still quite relevant....Jamie Parnell and Michael Ursua are perfect as Georges and Albin, respectively. With their constant bickering, expressive gestures, and loving glances, they beautifully form a realistic couple who have been together for over 20 years. ...Their singing voices are sensational. When Ursua sings "I Am What I Am," he stops the show with the power and pathos he brings to that moment, and Parnell's "Look Over There" will most likely move you to tears with the tenderness and strength he instills in Herman's succinct, moving lyrics....a fun and moving musical treat that is also still incredibly timely."
  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"In its current run at Arizona Broadway Theatre, one might ask, notwithstanding the relevance of the show's overarching theme, whether it has passed its prime....Jamie Parnell is a class act as La Cage's host with the most, a spirited master of ceremonies, whose voice has an emotional depth.. If there is another shining moment of vocal performance that grabs one's heart, it is (Michael) Ursua's full throated rendition of the song that has become an anthem of the gay community, I Am What I Am. Both actors convey the mutual devotion that makes their relationship convincing..."  - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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