And what I Am Needs No Excuses
So I missed out on a Pride Week Track of the Day, but following Andrew Garfield‘s “coming out” statement yesterday, I felt this was pretty appropriate. (Stay strong Andy. We can start our own support group about our love of musicals and the ways in which Spider-Man’s cinematic treatment has hurt us.)
The Birdcage is one of my favourite movies of all time. I could say the same of almost any movie starring Robin Williams, but even among those The Birdcage ranks pretty high. The one major flaw it has is a missed opportunity to have Nathan Lane belt out “I Am What I Am”. As the signature song from the stage musical, La Cage Aux Folles, on which The Birdcage is based, it had every reason to be included, even if the rest of the movie hadn’t been given the musical treatment.
Never fear though, Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer have a fully recorded performance from the 2010 Broadway run and it’s every bit as amazing as a Nathan Lane/Robin Williams production might have been.