Tony Award-winning actor Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who made his Broadway debut as Angel in the groundbreaking musical Rent, will succeed two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús in the revival of La Cage aux Folles.
De Jesús, who earned his second Tony Award nomination for turning the role of inept housekeeper Jacob into a juicy urban firecracker, will play his final performance Feb. 13. The date will also be the last day for Tony winner Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer. All three were Tony-nominated for their work; Hodge took home the Best Actor honor.
Heredia will begin performances Feb. 15, the same day the Broadway revival will welcome La Cage's original Tony-winning book writer Harvey Fierstein to the role of Albin and Jeffrey Tambor as Georges.
La Cage marks Heredia's first Broadway return since the 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. He repeated his work as the drag queen-turned-guardian angel in the original London production of the Jonathan Larson musical and the 2005 film adaptation. His stage appearances also include Eli's Coming, The New Americans and The Tower.
La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple who run a St. Tropez drag club, features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. This production is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction. It won the 2010 Best Revival (Musical) Tony.