SAN DIEGO -- Hollywood veteran George Hamilton will headline "La Cage Aux Folles," coming to San Diego in August.
The musical will be staged Aug. 7-12 at San Diego Civic Theater downtown.
Hamilton made a big splash in Hollywood in the late 1950s with his handsome looks and suave personality. He is perhaps best known for the MGM cult classic, "Where The Boys Are," a coming-of-age romantic comedy that turned Fort Lauderdale, Fla., into a spring break destination. He also starred in two bio-pics, playing Hank Williams in "Your Cheatin' Heart" in 1964 and "Evel Knievel" in 1971. On his 70th birthday in 2009, Hamilton was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hamilton will play Georges, owner of a glitzy nightclub in Saint-Tropez. Christopher Sieber will play Albin, the partner of Georges who stars as the glamorous chanteause Zaza in the nightclub show.
"La Cage Aux Folles" features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the hit play by Jean Poiret.
The original production on Broadway won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. The Broadway revival won two Tony Awards in 2005, including Best Rival of a Musical. And the new, freshly reconceived "La Cage Aux Folles" won three Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Rivival of a Musical and Best Director of the Musical (Terry Johnson).
The current creative team includes director Terry Johnson, choreographer Lynne Page, set designer Tim Shortall, costume designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer Nick Richings, sound designer Jonathan Deans and orchestrator/musical supervisor Todd Ellison.
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