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An Evening at La Cage:
A Brief History

An Evening at La Cage began in November 1980 when producer and entrepreneur Lou Paciocco opened La Cage Aux Folles (a restaurant/nightclub) in New York. The stellar review at the club, featuring top-notch female impersonators, was an instant smash hit. People lined up nightly to get in, and such greats as Ethel Merman and Rock Hudson quickly became regulars.

Next stop Hollywood. April 18, 1981, marked the outrageous opening of La Cage Aux Folles in West Hollywood. The critics, the public and the who’s who of Hollywood all fell in love with La Cage, and they couldn’t believe their eyes as such luminaries as Diana Ross, Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Bette Midler, Tina Turner and many, many more were recreated by talented actor-entertainers with such precision that it was difficult to tell whether they were watching an illusion or the real thing!

The next thing Lou knew, it was as though the floodgates had opened, and offers to open An Evening at La Cage around the country were coming in left, right and center.

In 1982, An Evening at La Cage opened in Atlantic City for a thirteen-week contact and went on to become the first ever show to have a ten-year run in Atlantic City. From there, An Evening at La Cage went on to thrill audiences in Las Vegas and Miami Beach. An Evening at La Cage drew phenomenal attention and was featured on Geraldo, Oprah, Johnny Carson, and many more.

In 1985, Lou joined forces with producer Norbert Aleman who built a custom showroom at the Riviera Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas to host the very popular show. An Evening at La Cage/Las Vegas Cast opened—and played continuously to enthusiastic audiences for almost a quarter of a century, most of which starred Frank Marino.

Returning to An Evening at La Cage now at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino are veterans Jimmy Emerson (Atlantic City, Aruba, London and Las Vegas), Brent Allen (Los Angeles and Las Vegas), Lane Lassiter (Las Vegas) and Ryan Zink (Las Vegas). Joining them is the legendary Frankie Kein and new cast member Carlos Rodriguez who are now part of one of the most formidable shows in history and certainly the most famous female impersonator show in the world.

2011 – La Cage reopens DOWNTOWN Las Vegas at the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, starring Jimmy Emerson.

2009 – La Cage receives closing notice after almost a quarter of a century of continuous shows

2008 – La Cage adds all new productions and includes Britney and JLo in the character line-up

2007 – La Cage cast members appear in Sandra Bullock movie Miss Congeniality 2

2006 – La Cage headliner receives star on the Vegas Walk of Fame

2005 – La Cage celebrates 20 Years on the Las Vegas Strip

2003 – La Cage receives Longest Running Production Show award

2002 – La Cage tours Canada

2001 – La Cage tours Brazil

2000 – La Cage celebrates 15 years on the Las Vegas Strip

1999 – La Cage opens in London’s West End

1997 – La Cage receives Best Show award from city of Las Vegas

1996 – La Cage opens new company  in Biloxi Mississippi

1995 – La cage celebrates 10 years on the Strip

1993 – Norbert Aleman buys out Lou Paciocco and becomes sole owner of the names "An Evening at La Cage" and “La Cage”

1992 – La Cage celebrates 10 years in Atlantic City

1990 – La Cage tours Japan

1989 – La Cage opens second company on the island of Aruba

1988 -  La Cage cast members appear on the Donahue show

1987 – La Cage signs indefinite contract with Rivera Hotel

1986 – La Cage celebrates one year of sold out crowds

1985 – La Cage opens in Las Vegas to rave reviews