La Cage aux Folles (play)

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La Cage aux Folles
Written by Jean Poiret
Characters Georges
Albin "Zaza"
M. Tabaro
M. Languedoc
M. Dieulafoi
Mme Dieulafoi
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.