The Birdcage

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Birdcage is an American remake of the French comedy film La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple who run a nightclub for female impersonators trying to pass for straight one night so that the son of one can marry the daughter of homophobic parents. Reset from the French Riviera to Miami and starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, it employs a soundtrack that combines Latin pop (Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's hit "Conga") with disco hits (Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money" and a soundalike version of "We Are Family") and, oddly enough, a few songs written by Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The oddity comes in when one recalls that ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Birdcage is an American remake of the French comedy film La Cage aux Folles, about a gay couple who run a nightclub for female impersonators trying to pass for straight one night so that the son of one can marry the daughter of homophobic parents. Reset from the French Riviera to Miami and starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, it employs a soundtrack that combines Latin pop (Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's hit "Conga") with disco hits (Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money" and a soundalike version of "We Are Family") and, oddly enough, a few songs written by Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The oddity comes in when one recalls that La Cage aux Folles previously was adapted into a Broadway musical by Jerry Herman, a rival of Sondheim's who notoriously gloated when La Cage won the 1984 Tony Award over Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. Actually only one of the songs, a slight number called "Little Dream," is a new composition. The suggestive "Can That Boy Foxtrot," flamboyantly sung by Lane, and "Love Is in the Air," an impromptu duet by Williams and Christine Baranski, are both old songs that were cut from the scores of Sondheim musicals. The resulting score is an odd mixture of dance tracks and clever show tunes either tossed off or arranged into a '30s pastiche style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/1996
  • Label: Edel America
  • UPC: 782124297824
  • Catalog Number: 2978

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Are Family - The Goldman Girls (3:54)
  2. 2 William Tell Overture (1:27)
  3. 3 She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer (3:54)
  4. 4 Can That Boy Foxtrot! (2:36)
  5. 5 Mi Guajira (3:53)
  6. 6 Little Dream (3:25)
  7. 7 No Pain for Cakes (3:57)
  8. 8 Love Is in the Air (3:08)
  9. 9 I Could Have Danced All Night - Dianne Wiest (1:10)
  10. 10 We Are Family (Reprise) - The Goldman Girls (2:58)
  11. 11 Family Salsa (2:14)
  12. 12 Conga (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Track Performer
Cachao Track Performer
Gloria Estefan Track Performer
Miami Sound Machine Track Performer
Donna Summer Track Performer
The Lounge Lizards Track Performer
Bobbi Page Track Performer
Yvonne Williams Track Performer
Nathan Lane Track Performer
Christine Baranski Track Performer
Julia Waters Track Performer
Estefan Track Performer
Hank Azaria Track Performer
Gene Hackman Track Performer
Dianne Wiest Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robin Williams Contributor
Cachao Contributor
Donna Summer Contributor
The Lounge Lizards Contributor
Emilio Estefan Jr. Producer, Executive Producer
Andy García Producer
Steve Goldstein Arranger, Producer
John Lurie Producer
Michael Omartian Producer
Jonathan Tunick Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Nathan Lane Contributor
Christine Baranski Contributor
Hank Azaria Contributor
Gene Hackman Contributor
Nick Meyers Remixing
The Goldman Girls Contributor
Kalama Koanui Composer
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