Pro­ducer Michael Boyd has re­turned to the Coast with his French cabaret show and he has a few ad­di­tional sur­prises for the au­di­ence

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Ex­pect to be swept up in the raz­zle daz­zle and trans­ported to Paris as pro­ducer Michael Boyd brings his most vi­va­cious stage show back to the Gold Coast.

Com­plete with old­fash­ioned show­girls, il­lu­sion­ists and French can­can dancers, Cabaret De Paris re­turns to the Jupiters The­atre stage this week­end for a hand­ful of shows.

The 90-minute pro­duc­tion fea­tures more than $250,000 worth of be­jew­elled cos­tumes de­signed by Boyd’s wife Cathie.

“The show is slightly dif­fer­ent this time – we have a few new acts and have added even more cos­tumes,” says Boyd.

“We have even more top­less dancers – it’s not a tacky thing – it seems like that’s what the peo­ple want.”

With Cabaret De Paris, Boyd says it’s his in­ten­tion to bring Paris to the Gold Coast.

“It’s a tra­di­tional Parisian re­vue,” he says. “It’s like sit­ting in the Moulin Rouge but we are do­ing it here in Aus­tralia.”

The daz­zling va­ri­ety show also fea­tures il­lu­sions per­formed by Boyd him­self plus ac­ro­bats, com­edy cir­cus per­form­ers and ada­gio dancers.

A third-gen­er­a­tion ma­gi­cian, Boyd’s grand­fa­ther and great-grand­fa­ther were both trav­el­ling vir­tu­osos.

Boyd rose to fame af­ter be­com­ing a fi­nal­ist in Aus­tralia’s Got Ta­lent two years ago.

Known for his in­cred­i­ble tricks and il­lu­sions, the pro­ducer and per­former says he loves be­ing a part of the pro­duc­tion as well as be­ing back stage.

“In this show I only do a sprin­kle of magic in the start, but it means I can be more hands-on with the show,” he says.

“Be­ing in the show and see­ing ev­ery­thing that hap­pens means you are re­ally a part of it.”

Joined by dancers who have graced the stages of Moulin Rouge, The Lido and other French cabaret re­vues, Boyd says Marissa Burgess is truly the star of the show.

“It re­ally is her show – she brings the cred­i­bil­ity and ev­ery­thing about Paris to the show,” he says.

“Marissa is so pas­sion­ate about it. She’s very hands-on and par­tic­u­lar. She’s the star.”

The “Long­est Serv­ing Star’’ in the Moulin Rouge’s 120-year his­tory, Burgess says Cabaret De Paris is “very much hark­ing back to the quin­tes­sen­tial grand days of cabaret”.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful thing to get on my jew­els and feath­ers; it comes nat­u­rally to me to stand in front of a cast of el­e­gant, skilled dancers,” says the singer, dancer, chore­og­ra­pher, teacher and pro­ducer.

“This show is based on op­u­lence and lux­ury and glam­our – all those things Paris con­jures up.”

Boyd says Cabaret De Paris will give Coast au­di­ences the op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in the deca­dence of true Parisianstyle cabaret.

“They should ex­pect to be taken away, laugh and marvel at the beauty,” he says.

“Not only do the dancers look amaz­ing but tech­ni­cally they are also in­cred­i­ble. This is ex­actly what you would see at a cabaret in Paris.”

For those who saw the show on the Jupiters stage back in 2013, Boyd says they can ex­pect a few sur­prises.

“We have a new act from Paris who is a statue who comes to life,” he says.

“There’s also a two-man bal­anc­ing act and some­thing for the ladies – a bur­lesque men’s troupe.

“We also have a tra­di­tional French mimer. He stud­ied with Mar­cel Marceau and is just amaz­ing.”

Former Moulin Rouge dancers light up the stage in

Cabaret De Paris.

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