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April 27, 2011

George Hamilton to star in 'La Cage aux Folles' at Hippodrome

The much-admired revival of the Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical "La Cage aux Folles" heading to Baltimore's Hippodrome next season will star movie/TV veteran George Hamilton.

The actor, whose perpetually bronzed skin had no rival until the emergence of House Speaker John Boehner, will have the role of gay nightclub owner Georges. Hamilton is not known for having a great singing voice, but he's likely to bring other attributes to the show, a comic clash of sexual, social and political forces.

As for the role of Albin, Georges' longtime partner who appears as the drag queen Zaza at the club ...

that casting choice has yet to be announced.

This version of "La Cage aux Folles," which originated in 2007 at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, was imported to Broadway and won three 2010 Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson). The show, now starring Fierstein and Christopher Sieber, closes in New York on May 1.

The national touring production is scheduled to be at the Hippodrome Nov. 1-6.



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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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