As part of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, OFC Creations and RAPA are co-producing "La Cage Aux Folles" (a musical based on the 1973 French play of the same name, which was also adapted into the 1996 film, "The Birdcage") at the Allen Main Stage Theatre, School of the Arts (45 Prince Street). The 11 time Tony award-winning show, with book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman, tells the story of Georges, a drag club owner, and Albin, his partner and star performer. When Georges' son announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician, Georges and Albin pretend to be straight — and Albin plays the role of a lifetime when he meets the bride's family. Avid local theatregoers will recognize Roy Wise (Georges) and Billy DeMetsenaere (Albin) in the leading roles. Eric Vaughn Johnson (RAPA's "In the Heights," West Side Story," and "Mary Poppins") is director and producer.
"La Cage Aux Folles" will run Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, September 19, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 20, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, September 26, at 8 p.m. The show is recommended for 13 and older. Tickets are $25 (adult) or $22 (students and seniors) and can be purchased online at rapatheatre.org or by calling 957-9837.EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the history of "La Cage Aux Folles."