As you know, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer is headed back to Broadway, playing Georges in the latest revival of the yay-gay musical La Cage aux Folles.
But as my media peer Andy Humm (from Gay USA) just pointed out to me, this is an odd bit of casting since in reality, Kelsey is a Republican, was a celebrity guest at Dubya’s inauguration, and endorsed the likes of Giuliani and McCain.
Why is he doing a play that seems so antithetical to his political bent?
Did he need a job that badly?
Or is he just refreshingly expanding his palette?
Should we give him the hook or the ovation?
Before you answer, here’s an interesting tidbit: The original Georges, Gene Barry, reportedly refused to ride in the same elevator with the show’s chorus boys for fear of catching AIDS!
Do we have a trend here? Is this role cursed?