Moulin Rouge?

May 11th, 2006, 08:10 AM
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Moulin Rouge?

Can anyone comment on whether this show is worth the 143 euros that our tour group would charge us--per person--as an optional? It includes dinner. One of my traveling companions wants to do it, and I think I'd rather not, especially since I've seen several Vegas cabaret shows and I expect this would be similar. I was glad I saw those but I wouldn't go back--it's one of those things where you feel once is enough. Thanks.

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May 11th, 2006, 08:16 AM
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I've seen the show and we did it on our own through the website. It IS, in fact, a very Vegas-like show(upon which many Vegas shows are probably based).

Attendance at that show has been, in the past, a rather fabulous conversational piece on this board. Of course, the majority of people who condemn it here have never seen it.

Having actually seen it my recommendation in your case and given what you have said, I would definitely give it a pass.
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May 11th, 2006, 08:17 AM
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There have been dozens of posts on this very question over the years. Sometimes someone will say they enjoyed it, but the vast majority seem to say it just isn't "worth it".
May 11th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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Neo's response reinforces my own exactly.
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May 11th, 2006, 08:24 AM
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I can think of better ways to spend my euros. Youre probably getting dinner for that as well. Just think of the wonderful meal you could be having in a proper Parisienne restaurant..........
We bought tickets 5 or 6 years ago for the Moulin Rouge show -without dinner (from tourist info on the Champs Elysee) but it included a half bottle of champagne each.I think it was around 30 or 40 euros back then. We laughed and laughed at the show though. It was so corny! And the old topless "girls "on the stage! I must have seemed a real young beauty to my husband after him watching them perform! Maybe theyve all retired now though and theyve got in a younger batch! As I said, we laughed and laughed and for 40 or 50 euros its an experience.
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May 11th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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If you must, and if the option is available, eat elsewhere and take the show-only option. I've been, I guess I went because it I thought it was so "Paris", part of the, I wouldn't bother. My sense is that it is mostly tourists who go which, if true, kind of puts it in perspective.
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May 11th, 2006, 08:33 AM
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Hi SJ,

It's one of thse things that are not worth doing twice.

Unshackle yourself from your TC(s) for an evening and let them go if they wish to see it.

Your tour rate is pretty good. Dinner and a show is usually 140E.

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May 11th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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We actually have a choice of 2 cabaret shows but aren't given the name of the other--just that it's 110 euro.

I'm wondering now how the Paris cabaret shows compare to the other shows we've seen--Folies Bergere and the Lido in Vegas as well as Zumanity (Cirque du Soleil). The last one we loved and WOULD see again.


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May 11th, 2006, 09:52 AM
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A friend of mine and her husband went to the MR two years ago. She told me that it was so smokey from all the cigarette smokers that they couldn't wait to get out. Also, I believe that they were at banquet-style tables and everyone was really crammed in. Perhaps they have changed the smoking rules since then but it is one thing to consider.
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May 12th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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You are really crammed in like sardines. Yes the smoke is terrible. I was kinda worried about what would happen if a fire broke out. The neigborhood is really tacky at night so have your transportation planned in advance.

The show was entertaining but not spectacular. I would not do it again.
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May 15th, 2006, 10:15 AM
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My advice is don't do it. My husband bid on an auction item for dinner for two and the show at Moulin Rouge several years ago -- mostly as an excuse to get back to Paris for a long weekend. The food and wine are terrible and the show, at least then, was just not very good. There are so many better ways to spend an evening in Paris!
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May 16th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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My girlfriend and I just returned from Paris.
We both wanted to see Moulin Rouge just because we thought it was a key part of the trip.
The only time we could get a reservation for was Sunday night at 11:00pm.
They suggest that you arrive 1/2h ahead of time which was a very good idea. There is no prearranged seating so if you care about where you sit go early.
The venue is in a terrible part of Paris and we were both worried about getting a taxi back to the hotel when the show was over.
As it turned out we could only last out an hour. The show is absolutely terrible. The dancing is bad, the signing is worse.
In the end we were so grateful that we could not get a reservation for the earlier show with dinner.
It hurt enough to pay 97 euros for a really bad show and worst champagne.
At one point, I thought I was going to faint. Everyone is packed into this venue and I too was worried about fire.
Go if you must, just to say you did but go with low expectations.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 10:33 AM
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Properly warned as a tourist, we enjoyed the dinner and the show. I thought the dancers were professional and very nicely adorned, flesh and all. I felt fine spending the dinner money to get a decent table, no smoking around us and even though all I wanted was one glass of wine, I took the bottle home at the end of the evening. We arrived early and had very courteous service (we were dressed appropriately). I didn't necessarily care for my veal dish, but my dessert was good.

The money spent was a lot more economical then some of the money I've spent in Niagara Falls. And I appreciated the dancers' effort/choreography (2 shows a night). I expected and got camp. That's certainly what I paid to see.
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Jul 30th, 2006, 03:55 PM
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I saw the dinner/show two years ago, but unlike Dakota's experience, we found the show to be pretty good. The food, of course, is nothing special yet it's not disgusting either.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 02:28 AM
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We went last February and really enjoyed the show. We didn't bother dining as had heard bad reviews about the food, so went for the "show only" option. It was entertaining. Not something I would do twice but I was glad we went.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 07:54 AM
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I went to France last November with 2 friends and we did the Moulin Rouge. We booked it after we were there and it included dinner at the Eiffel Tower beforehand. The show was great, however, I had never seen a Vegas show before. The place was packed and I didn't hear one bad comment about the show from the bus group that we were with; everyone seemed to enjoy it.
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