Walter Paul's Production of Jerry Herman's La Cage Aux Folles wowed all who saw it, although unfortunately because of the timing the show was not as well attended as one would have hoped.
The show is high camp, the tale of two ageing Night Club owners on the French Riviera who thanks to a one night stand, by Georges, with a showgirl 24 years before have a son. When he decides to get married and introduce his future parents-in-law to his "parent's" farce ensues.
The show was extremely well directed by Walter Paul and choreography working with a young cast of Cagelles was well staged by Preston Clare, whilst it is always difficult to ensure perfection in the execution of an Amateur Show's choreography, with the constraint of restricted rehearsal time, performances were never less than enthusiastic.
Jim McPhee as Albin and Michael McHugh as Georges were superb. Like Morcambe and Wise each is as important as the other and although the part of Georges can be overshadowed by the "noisier" Albin, this was certainly not the case here. Michael has the benefit of having played the part on a number of occasions and having always played it well benefited this time round by being the perfect age. There is no doubt that Jim and Michael would do themselves total justice if performing on a professional stage.
With a fine supporting cast the show used the original Broadway costumes resulting in some visually excellent set pieces.The end of Act 1 as Albin exited the stage into the backstage area was a superbly staged alternative to the more usual exit through the audience.
In Glasgow something of a cult has grown up around this show because of previous highly successful productions, this one can be added to that list as one of the best.