Jeffrey Tambor headed back to Broadway in 'La Cage aux Folles'
Jeffrey Tambor may not be a household name, but his face is instantly recognizable thanks to his Emmy-nominated performances in the cult TV series "Arrested Development" and "The Larry Sanders Show." In February, Tambor will be leaving the world of TV temporarily behind to return to Broadway in the current revival of "La Cage aux Folles."
Tambor will be replacing another TV veteran, Kelsey Grammer, in the role of Georges. Tambor is set to take over the role Feb. 15, and will star opposite Harvey Fierstein, who is replacing Tony-winner Douglas Hodge in the part of Albin. "La Cage," at the Longacre Theatre, won the award for best revival at this year's Tonys and was earlier produced at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.
Fierstein wrote the book for "La Cage" and will be performing in the musical for the first time. "La Cage" had its Broadway debut in 1983, winning the Tony for new musical. The current revival opened in New York in April.
Tambor has previously appeared on Broadway in Larry Gelbart's"Sly Fox" in 1976 and a revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 2005. The actor has received six Emmy nominations for supporting actor in a comedy for "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development."
His recent film work includes "The Hangover" and the new Disney animated film "Tangled."
-- David Ng
Photo (top): Jeffrey Tambor at the "Tangled" premiere in Hollywood. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Photo (bottom): a scene from the current Broadway revival of "La Cage aux Folles" with Kelsey Grammer, left, and Douglas Hodge. Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press