“The Best of Times” – La Cage Aux Folles
Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
At a very awkward dinner party, drag queen Albin lets everyone know these are the best of times in this glorious number, including the conservative parents of his partner’s son’s fiancé. It sounds a little crazy, but it’s a great way to describe the plot of this madcap yet equally touching musical about being yourself no matter who you are. The story has proven to be very popular as it is based on a hit French play which was turned into a film that spawned two sequels as well as an American remake entitled The Birdcage, released on this day in 1996.