Most Tony Awards pundits believe that Douglas Hodge ("La Cage aux Folles") is a cinch to win best actor in a musical. He claimed Britain's equivalent of the Tony, the Olivier Award, for his performance of Albin — a fading cabaret drag star — at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, a production so successful that Hodge was hauled across the Atlantic to do it again. The New York Times hailed his arrival as "a bravura Broadway debut."
The role is such a magnificent camp confection that it's irresistible to award voters. George Hearn won best actor for the original production of "La Cage" (which also nabbed best musical of 1984), beating his costar Gene Barry as Albin's less flamboyant, more cool-headed lover. This time Hodge competes against Kelsey Grammer in the role of Georges. This "La Cage" is also in the running (in high heels?) for best revival. None of its rivals can likely catch up.
Video by Paul Sheehan
Photo: Longacre Theater
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