The Birdcage is a remake of the classic French farce La Cage aux Folles, which became a Tony Award winning Musical.
Armand (Robin Williams) rehearses club star and his loverAlbert (Nathan Lane),You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!… but you keep it all inside.’
The Birdcage- Armand directs the dance number
Val’s father, Armand (Robin Williams), a gay Miami drag club owner, pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane), his life partner and the club’s flamboyant star attraction, so as to please Barbara’s father, controversial Republican Sen. Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman).
The Birdcage- Gays in the Military (1996)
When Val’s biological mother finally arrives, she unknowingly reveals the deceptions. Though Armand and Albert scramble to find a new cover story, Val instead confesses to the scheme and identifies Albert as his true parent.
The Birdcage- This is My Mother