For more coverage of La Cage aux Folles, see our interview with George Hamilton.
For one and a half to two hours before every performance -- except when he gets to sub in as the son -- Logan Keslar gets himself together, shaving away every trace of his beard and putting on a heavy cover of makeup before he wiggles into his hose, adjusts his wig, steps into his heels.
It's all part and parcel of being an ensemble member in the national tour of La Cage aux Folles, which Theatre Under the Stars is bringing to the Hobby Center next week.
Kesler, who grew up in Liberty, Texas, and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he was in the dance department, moved to New York City right after high school graduation in 2005. Within two weeks he had his Equity card. He credits the TUTS' Humphries School of Musical Theatre with teaching him how to audition as well as helping him make connections with agents and casting directors.
Learning to dance in heels has been interesting, he says. When he fills in as an understudy for the son's role in the story of two gay parents who pretend to be straight to impress the parents of their son's fiancée, he gets a break. "I'm not in heels and I don't have to do all the dance numbers," he told Art Attack.
He did the show on Broadway, working with Kelsey Grammer in the Georges role (for which Grammer got a Tony nomination). He's now working with George Hamilton in that role, while Christopher Sieber, who also played Georges on Broadway, moves to the Albin role.
"I really love the message of La Cage, that of family and unconditional love," Keslar said.
The TUTS production of La Cage aux Folles runs April 24 to May 6 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For ticket information, call 713-558-8887 or go to the theater's website.