George Hamilton was thinking to himself, “I ought to go back to Broadway; it’s always something you need to do every three years.” And when he was presented with three plays, his agent pushed La Cage Aux Folles. “It was an intriguing idea, a little off my usual path,” says the man known as much for his tan as for his liaisons with women over the years. Hamilton wasn’t sure he could sing the score — his voice coach told him of course he could. He tore his Achilles tendon “in half” right before the national tour (the Broadway show closed before he could join it), and a doctor told him that as a 72-year-old man, he had no business onstage. But the people behind the tour said no, they’d write around it.
Now he’s coming to Houston thanks to Theatre Under the Stars in the story of a man, his gay lover and the son they’ll do anything for — including pretending to be straight. “The only things I’m interested in doing now are things that scare me,” he says. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through May 6. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-558-8887 or visit ww.tuts.com.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 24. Continues through May 6, 2012