From serious stuff to pure fluff with the Broadway tour of the Jerry Herman musical La Cage aux Folles at Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park one more weekend. Based on a movie that was based on another, better movie, the tuneful comedy set on the French Riviera brings movie and TV star George Hamilton and his perma-tan to town.

Known more for his bronze complexion than his acting chops, Hamilton is a charming old fellow, now 72 and consigned to doing dance numbers from the seated position. Playing the elder half of a gay couple who operate a louche cabaret, Hamilton shows off blinding white teeth when he squeezes smiles from between cheeks plumped with goat placenta, or whatever injected substance keeps his face so preternaturally puffed.

His co-star, Christopher Sieber, playing the cross-dressing diva "Zaza," does all the heavy lifting in the show. He's marvelous, a big singer and crackerjack comic actor whose personality is the production's goat placenta, injecting freshness where needed.

Ashton McClearin, Jordan Willis, Erica Harte and Michael Serrecchia star in Theatre Three's The Art of Murder, a drama that shoots itself in the foot.
Jeffrey Schmidt
Ashton McClearin, Jordan Willis, Erica Harte and Michael Serrecchia star in Theatre Three's The Art of Murder, a drama that shoots itself in the foot.

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The Art of Murder continues through May 12 at Theatre Three in The Quadrangle­. Call 214-871-3300. Diamond Dick: The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 continues through April 21 at The Green Zone (161 Riveredge Drive). Tickets are $10 at the door or through projectxtheatre.com. La Cage aux Folles continues through April 22 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Call 214-631-2787.

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It feels like a scaled-down tour. The band is small and instead of a bevy of dancing "Cagelles" (some dudes, some dames), this production has only six. Not so much pretty "birds of a feather," this bunch. More like a small flock of knock-kneed, out-of-sync hoofers in heavy pancake.

The show is what it is — just a little pale around the edges this time around, at least when the Bronzed One isn't onstage.

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