I'll admit I was hesitant - 99 Euros (US$133) for dinner and a show is pricey for me. But my friends wanted to go and I thought, what the heck? How often do I get to Paris?
From the time we arrived at the Moulin Rouge, with everyone dressed up - it just FELT festive. We were seated at the world's smallest table, crammed up against other tiny tables, and I remember thinking "I hope this goes by quickly". Then the house lights went down, the stage lights came on, the band started playing, and from that moment on it was sheer magic! There was the initial tee heeing about the girls being topless, but after about 5 minutes you are so caught up in the music, and the dancing, and the costumes that you forget about that aspect.
And this show had it all - lovely showgirls, beautiful costumes and musical numbers, a comedian, a virgin sacrifice into a vat filled with water and snakes (I'm not kidding!), acrobats, and a duo who balanced each other with such grace and strength that they got their own standing ovation!
For all my initial hesitation, I must say that I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this show and thought it was worth every penny. Eat a cheap meal somewhere, and instead spend the money you saved at the Moulin Rouge!
The Moulin Rouge was fantastic. We pre booked and it was just as well. The queues to get in were huge and it took forever - it doesnt seem very organised at all.
We went to the midnight show so like everyone else were quite tired and just wanted to get in to see the show. the dancers, costumes, routines were fantastic - the show was brilliant.
The only complaint we would have was about the seating - we were squashed like sardines on to a table for 4 with 5 of us sat round it - we didnt know the other 3 but you knew them very well by the time you left due to the fact that you were practically sitting on each others knee's for the whole show.
Forty years of success at the Moulin Rouge ! Since Cancan in 1961, Doris Haug and Ruggero Angeletti have called the tune with the famous Doriss Girls on the stage of the Moulin Rouge.
The current show, 'Féerie' consists of : a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 Doriss Girls recruited world-wide ; 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, made in the most famous Parisian workshops ; sumptuous sets in shimmering colours, uniquely designed by Italian artists ; outstanding international acts, and the awaited return of the giant aquarium; all this performed to original music recorded by 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers.
It is a must see in Paris - very colourful, energetic and highly enjoyable. And the food & wine is very good too.
The Moulin Rouge has been well covered by other tips, but I just wanted to add that....
The Water Tank Snake Act is back!!
The show includes the Can Can again!!!
Still don't bother with the dinner, is pretty bad, but the show is good, and by the time you've had a few days in Paris, the huge price you pay for tickets won't seem so bad!
I personally enjoyed the Moulin Rouge show: "Feerie." Sure, it's a tourist-charged excursion, but it's still a fabulous trip.
We chose to go with a tour company...Paris Vision (they're located on Rue de Rivoli across from the Tuileries Garden and offer a most excellent exchange rate.) It cost us approximately 85 Euros each: The bus picked us up at our hotel, we went on the illuminated tour of Paris, a bateau-mouche ride on the Seine and finally the show.
Yes, it was a long wait to get in and we didn't get back to our hotel until 4 a.m. But it was worth it. It's a wonderful show...highly recommended to anyone looking for something new to do.
You can't take photographs...Some people will try to sneak cameras in and pop off a few exposures without getting caught. The 'security guards' don't joke around with that stuff. The red windmill of the Moulin Rouge is worth seeing illuminated at night. Granted, there are a plethora of tour buses there then, but you can shoot around them.
It is now forbidden to smoke in the Moulin Rouge.
During the day, it's less crowded, but you have to deal with potential pickpockets (as you do all the time), so be careful. It's like they wait for unsuspecting tourists to waltz by and then trail them.
I personall hated the movie and never intended to go see the show, but my wife won. Wow, what an incredible show. I heard it was a tourist trap, but our hotel said the current show was great. They were right. Seating was cramped but my wife asked for a change, and they accomodated with a great table and view.
Built and opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is one of the most famous venues in the world. The home of the can-can, the venue was initially much more a brothel than cabaret venue, the 'dancers' more courtesan than entertainers. But as cabaret became more popular throughout Europe, so Moulin Rouge became more of a destination venue and a fashionable legitimate nightclub.
It's attracted some of the top names in the business to perform – from Josephine Baker in the 1920s, Edith Piaf, Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald and Elton John to name but a few.
Nowadays a full revue is presented to the audience (invariably tourists) including showgirls, acrobats, magicians and the dancers with lots of boobs on show. A small fortune is spent on each show and tradition is that they run for 10-12 years, with each show beginning with the letter 'F'. Current show is 'Feerie' which opened in 1999 at a cost of 9 million Euros – it is due to close in November 2012, to be replaced by 'Flash'.
It's not a cheap night out, that's for sure.
80 Euro without drinks for the 11pm show is the cheapest option, rising to 185 Euro for the Belle Epoque 3 course meal and half bottle champagne option (7pm dinner, 9pm show). (There are 3 meal price options).
We always start our walks through Montmartre from the Moulin Rouge. It is worth a look at the murals in the entranceway beforre starting up the hill. We have never been tempted to see a show - perhaps the rather astronomical price hurts our Scottish sense of thrift - or perhaps watching a show with my wife featuring naked women doesn't appeal. The theatre itself is worth a visit for its artistic and cultural value. (That sounds like "I read Playboy for the articles"). Here are some photographs!
What can I say . . . a Paris page without talking about the Moulin Rouge would not be complete!! I am sure that all of you have a picture with the Moulin Rouge but who has seen one of its performances? And all those ladies . . . they are artists, contemporary acrobats sometimes I feel they are underestimated because . . . can you open your legs like they do??? I can't :-(
The Moulin Rouge has recently celebrated its 120 birthday and it is one of the few places in Paris that does not know about the global crisis. Everyday it sells about the 90% of their seats. Opened on 6th October 1889 in occasion of the World’s Fair held in Paris, it will always be associated with names like Belle Epoque, champagne, cancan or Toulouse Lautrec.
Some recent data:
-Prices from 80 to 400 euros (depending if you eat there or not)
-240.000 bottles of champagne sold per year. Moulin Rouge is one of the biggest champagne’s consumers in the world.
-The Cancan ladies come from 14 different countries but most of them are from Australia
-The most frequent spectators come from China, USA, Russia and Germany
You will find easy this famouse cabaret built in 1889. It has red windmill on its roof and it is located close to Montmartre in «red light district of Pigalle». You probablu heard for CAN- CAN dance. Today Moulin Rouge is tourist atraction offering musical dance entertanment for adult
Probably the best known cabaret theatre in the world. This world-famous cabaret was originally built in 1885 to serve as a windmill, but then it was transformed into a dance hall in 1900. Those wild, early days were immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec in his posters and paintings, which are still greatly sought after today. If you fancy a Vegas-style night out, this is the place to be, but remember that it is quite expensive and definately not for the budget travelers
In Paris Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan in bohemian Montmartre.
While at the Moulin Rouge you'll enjoy fine traditional French food such as foie gras, pate or fine seafood, accompanied by wine or champagne.
The lavish "Feerie" cabaret show features a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 legendary Doriss dancers, dressed in exotic costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. The show's sumptuous sets provide a colorful backdrop for the brilliantly choreographed performances.
The glamorous dancers perform on moving staircases, in a gigantic aquarium, on swings and in garden settings, complete with animals and a vibrant light show.