Cabaret de Paris is a first-rate and lovably glitzy Parisienne revue spectacular. This touring Australian show certainly delivers two-hours of razzle-dazzle bursting with burlesque, sequins, comedy, illusion and strategically held feathers that reveal just enough of the female form.
It is feel-good summer dance gala, designed to indulge all our favourite French stereotypes, while showcasing a whole range of the international talent, from Australia, France and Spain. It works thanks to the sheer force of its exuberance, despite being an ersatz Moulin Rouge.
The show begins with a suspended disco ball and sexy high-kicking showgirls, and then goes on a race to cover the whole gamut of French style cabaret as seen in Le Lido, Le Crazy Horse or Paradis Latin. There’s glitz and glamour aplenty and the extravagant costumes designed by Cathie Boyd are as equally as impressive as the slick choreography by Todd Patrick – delivered by a magnificent seven showgirls led by the stunning and sensual Alix Bruun-Hammond.
Producer and magician Michael Boyd sets a fast pace for his saucy show with the ladies in little more than judiciously placed sequins and gigantic headdresses, and a trio of athletic boy dancers displaying poise, strength and timing. The show brims with artifice, panache, chic, sparkle and a storming performance from the singer and star of the show Marissa Burgess. There is also mime and trampoline comedy from Duban Nickol and a superb, elegant and breathtaking pole routine from Kim Miller and a quick change barrage from Mysteriaque – a talented duo from Paris who met at the Moulin Rouge.
The entire production it totally lovable with arguably Burgesses’ sultry songs – such as “Whatever Lola Wants” – as the highlight closely followed by ensemble renditions of “Can Can Polka” and Abba’s “Voulez-Vous” accompanied by oodles of sauciness and partial nudity.
The dancers flit easily between styles, shimmy through a startling number of costume changes and bring fantasy and allure to the whole experience. When they have big set dance pieces – brandished pink fans, flourishing feather boas – their technical skills glisten. The well selected musical accompaniment gives an added lift to the numbers.
You may wander into the night and onto an Australian street – but you’ll do so with a smile on your face because for two-hours you had been transported to Paris in the springtime. Because Cabaret De Paris delivers what it promises – an entertaining, classic, glamorous burlesque extravaganza.
M2 Productions presents
Cabaret de Paris
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre | 58 Grote Street, Adelaide SA
Dates: 29 – 30 July 2016