Masculinity

Song Title : Masculinity

Show Name : La Cage Aux Folles

Character Name : Georges

Gender : Male

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Baritone-Bass

Range : Bb3-Eb5

Style : Midtempo

Mood : Comedic, Macho

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Context & Lyrics


Georges, who owns La Cage aux Folles, teaches the drag queen Albin to become less flamboyant.

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GEORGES
I want you to pick up that piece of toast like a man!

Think of this as
Masculine toast and Masculine butter,
Ready for spreading by a Masculine hand.
Pick up that knife and make believe it’s a machete.
It’ll take all your strength and steady nerves
For hacking your way through the cherry preserves.

Think of John Wayne, and Jean Paul Belmondo.
Think of the Legionnaires and Charlemagne’s men.
So like a stevedore you grab your cup
And if God forbid that your pinky pops up,
You can climb back up the mountain once again.

Have you got that?

ALBIN
I think so!

GEORGES
Don’t think so! You’re a man!

ALBIN
I’m a man!

RENAUD
You’re a man!

ALBIN
I’m a man!

MME. RENAUD
You’re a man!

ALBIN
I said I’m a man.

MME. RENAUD
Oh, Albin

GEORGES
About that voice of yours.
Grunt like an ape, and growl like a tiger.
Give us a roaring, snorting masculine laugh!

ALBIN
Ah ah ah ah ah ah!

GEORGES
Try to remember that John Wayne was not soprano.
Try making it rough and gruff and low.

ALBIN
Ha Ha!

GEORGES
Try more of John Wayne and less Brigitte Bardodt!

RENAUD
Think of De Gaulle and pick up Rasputin.

MME. RENAUD
Think like you’re Daniel marching into the den.

GEORGES
While trying to join the burly brutes,
If you forget that your nylons are under your boots

GEORGES, RENAUD, MME. RENAUD, & FRANCIS
You can climb back up the mountain once again…

ALL
Think Ghengis Kan (Think!)
and think Taras Bulba (Think!)
(Think! Think! Think!)
Think of Atilla’s Huns and Robin Hood’s men.
(Hup! Hup!)

Try not to weaken or collapse;
If they discover the petticoat under your chaps
You can climb back up the mountain once again.
Woah! Yeah!

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