BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The Broadway hit “La Cage Aux Folles” is taking over the Hippodrome. Taking the stage as the lead role is none other than George Hamilton.

Monique Griego sat down with him before the show.

“La Cage Aux Folles” has been around for years. First it was a hit on Broadway, and then it was made into an equally popular movie. But that didn’t stop it from getting a standing ovation here at the Hippodrome Tuesday night.

It’s “La Cage Aux Folles” done George Hamilton’s way.

“The audience seemed to love it. We got a standing ovation,” Hamilton said.

The Hollywood icon plays Georges in the latest version of the hit Broadway musical.

The play focuses on the adventures of Georges and his partner as they balance running a drag nightclub with family issues.

“A good story has to be universal, and that’s why it keeps coming back,” Hamilton said.

The storyline, which was the basis for the Robin Williams movie, “The Birdcage,” always gets a lot of laughs.

But Hamilton says the music of Jerry Herman is also a real show stopper.

“To go to live theater and see something that is that beautiful and that funny there aren’t many of those around,” he said.

Because the play and the movie based on the play were so popular, Hamilton says he tries to make the characters he’ll bring here to the Hippodrome his own.

And Hamilton is able to take La Cage to another level.

“The joke is in the twinkle of the eye and we’ve got that,” he said.

The show runs through Nov. 6.

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