La Cage aux Folles (play)

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La Cage aux Folles
Written by Jean Poiret
Characters Georges
Albin "Zaza"
Francis
Salomé
Jacob
Mercédès
M. Tabaro
Zorba
Laurent
M. Languedoc
M. Dieulafoi
Mme Dieulafoi
Muriel
Simone
Date premiered 1973
Place premiered Théâtre du Palais-Royal
Paris, France
Original language French
Genre Comedy; farce
Setting a nightclub in St. Tropez, France.

La Cage aux Folles (French pronunciation: ​[la kaʒ o fɔl]) is a 1973 French farce by Jean Poiret centering on confusion that ensues when Laurent, the son of a Saint Tropez night club owner and his gay lover, brings his fiancée's ultraconservative parents for dinner. The original French production is premièred at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal on February 1, 1973 and ran for almost 1,800 performances. The principal roles were played by Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault. A French-Italian film of the play was made in 1978 (with two sequels La Cage aux Folles II (1980), directed by Édouard Molinaro and La Cage aux Folles 3: 'Elles' se marient (1985), directed by Georges Lautner.) In 1983, Poiret's play was adapted in the United States as a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and later refilmed in English as The Birdcage.