By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
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.
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.