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