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The Birdcage

The Birdcage, an adaption of the French film La Cage Au Folles, starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane (who received an Oscar nomination for his performance) and was directed by Mike Nichols.

"It Takes All Kinds" was written to play under the opening title as we are taken into the titular club. Ultimately, Nichols decided to use the well known "We Are Family" instead.

"Little Dream" was a song written supposedly for Robin Williams' character, so it presented Sondheim with a similar problem to the one he had with "Sand" from Singing Out Loud, writing a number which is a character's idea of a good song, something he thinks works, but really doesn't. Good or bad, only about thirty seconds of it remains in the film.

- Bruce Kimmel


Film Data

Original Film Production Info:

USA Release Date 8 March 1996
Director Mike Nichols
Music Stephen Sondheim
  Mark Mothersbaugh
  Jonathan Tunick
Writers Marcello Danon
  Elaine May
  Edouard Molinaro
  Jean Poiret
  Francis Veber
Producers Marcello Danon
  Michele Imperato
  Neil A. Machlis
  Mike Nichols
Production Design Bo Welch
Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki
Set Designer Sean Haworth
Costume Designer Ann Roth

Original Film Cast:

Armand Goldman Robin Williams
Senator Kevin Keeley Gene Hackman
Albert Goldman/Starina Nathan Lane
Louise Keeley Dianne Wiest
Val Goldman Dan Futterman
Barbara Keeley Calista Flockhart
Agador Hank Azaria
Katherine Archer Christine Baranski
Harry Radman Tom McGowan (II)
Photographer Grant Heslov
Chauffeur Kirby Mitchell
Cyril James Lally
Celsius Luca Tommassini
Goldman Girls Luis Camacho
  Andre Fuentes
  Anthony Richard Gonzalez
  Dante Lamar Henderson
  Scott Kaske
  Kevin Alexander Stea
Waiter in Club Tim Kelleher
TV Woman in Van Ann Cusack
TV Man in Van Stanley DeSantis
Club Hostess J. Roy Helland
Fishmonger Anthony Giaimo
Bakery Man Lee Delano
Senator Eli Jackson David Sage
TV Host Michael Kinsley
TV Host Tony Snow
Keeley's Maid Dorothy Constantine
Black Girl on TV Trina McGee-Davis
TV Reporters Barry Nolan
  Amy Powell
  Ron Pitts
  James Hill
  Mary Major
State Trooper Steven Porfido
Waiter in Cafe John D. Pontrelli
Big Guy in Park Herschel Sparber
Katharine's Secretary Francesca Cruz
TV Editors Brian Reddy
  Jim Jansen
Latino Man in Club Al Rodrigo
Matrons Marjorie Lovett
  Sylvia Short
Pastor James H. Morrison
Rabbi Robert K. Baruch

Musical Numbers:

1. Little Dream

Cut Songs:

1. It Takes All Kind


  1. The Birdcage, DVD
  2. The Birdcage, VHS
  3. Original Film Soundtrack, 1996 (Edeltone 2978)


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