What do you think of when you hear the words Moulin Rouge? Dancing girls, can can, music, movies, glitz, tourist trap, boobs…that’s what I thought of before I saw the show Sunday night in Paris. I really didn’t know anything about it other than some passing words from others and I knew about the movie that came out several years ago but I never saw it.
This was probably my 25th time in Paris and this was the first time I had ever actually thought to go see it. I had always heard it was a tourist trap and was very expensive. Well I am here to dispel a few rumors and confirm a few others and give you my honest take on the show.
First, it’s expensive. Any way you slice it, it’s expensive. The cheapest ticket is 95 euros and that is simply for the show with no drinks or dinner. If you add drinks, meaning two non-alcoholic drinks or a bottle of cheap champagne to share for two people, it jumps to 105 euros per person. It’s expensive but not egregious for a one-time experience.
It get’s egregious if you add on dinner which can run you about 200 euros per person if you decide to eat at Moulin Rouge in the cabaret style seating. My advice is to eat before or after the show. The food didn’t look that good and anyone we asked, said exactly that, it wasn’t that good-now onto the show.
The show is really fun to watch. It is an experience worth having once. I really enjoyed it. There were some parts I thought were stupid and could’ve done without but for an hour and 45 minutes of my life, I had a really enjoyable evening. Here’s what I liked.
First and foremost, I am a red blooded straight male. Moulin Rouge is basically a show of topless women in thongs dancing around. That’s all I’m going to say about that but if nothing else…eye candy is always good and for married men, you can get away with looking even with your wife there!
The whole show was essentially an unrelated series of events and little skits. They varied from dancing topless girls doing the can can to a bunch of male dancers dressed as clowns and other things doing really creepy dances. I felt like the male dancers in Moulin Rouge were kind of like lettuce-a filler with no real purpose.
They also had a ventriloquist, who was pretty funny and pulled multi-national audience members out of the audience to participate. There were lots of animals used as props including a dog, six small ponies…yes-small ponies. And finally there was a pool full of water that a topless woman jumped into, swam and danced with massive serpents. Again, yes really…that happened.
There were also some awesome feats of strength featuring a man and a woman doing some unbelievable balancing and strength acts that had the audience gasping. I was seriously floored by what these two were doing as the man lifted and balanced her as he contorted his own body around her. It was really cool to see and difficult to explain.
To summarize Moulin Rouge, perhaps the most famous show is the world-I will say this. It is a fun show. It is worth it to see it once. I may never see it again because I feel like I saw it, I enjoyed it and what could really change that would justify paying over 200 euros again. However, I am really glad I saw it and I didn’t think it was a tourist trap; at least not one that you couldn’t play out of (golf reference).
So next time you’re on the sex strip of Boulevard de Clichy by the Blanche Metro station under Montmartre and you’re thinking about Moulin Rouge. Go and see it, you won’t be disappointed. Just get your dinner elsewhere and don’t get suckered into buying any of that souvenir crap they sell either. Especially the souvenir pictures because they won’t let you take them yourself inside-hence why there is only one picture on this post. Enjoy the show.